COLUMBUS, Ohio – Zach Harrison, a rising sophomore defensive end on the football team, is one of eight members from Ohio State to be selected to the Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, the conference announced on Monday.
The Coalition includes student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten, representing all 14 institutions.
“It is a huge honor to be nominated out of all the Ohio State students and faculty to represent this university for this necessary cause,” said Harrison. “As a member of the Big Ten Conference’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, my goal is to take a stand against racism and all forms of prejudice. I hope to help educate people about the serious effects that hate produces in this world. We need to make change, and I am extremely proud to use my platform as an example of that change.”
First announced on June 1 by conference commissioner Kevin Warren, the Coalition will seek tangible ways to actively and constructively combat racism and hate around the world while also empowering student-athletes to express their rights to free speech and peaceful protest. It will leverage, support and complement the efforts already taking place across the Big Ten through initiatives on campuses, as well as through existing conference-wide organizations like the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
From Lewis Center, Ohio, Harrison is majoring in psychology. He played in all 14 games last season, starting twice, and had 24 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. He is one of 11 football student-athletes from around the conference selected to be a part of the Coalition.