COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising senior Becca Mauer and head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg of the women’s volleyball team are two of nine members from Ohio State chosen to the Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, the conference announced June 15.
“I am proud to be a representative of Ohio State in the Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition,” said Mauer. “It is difficult at times to know how one can help. Once this opportunity arose, I knew this was my chance to actively be a part of the change. I want to use my platform as a student-athlete to combat racism, prejudice and hate that still exists today. This is an opportunity to use my voice to educate not only myself but also my peers. This will not be an overnight fix but more of an opportunity to plant the seeds of reform. I believe this group will establish a lasting impact on the athletic community and beyond.”
The Coalition includes student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten, representing all 14 institutions.
“In one of our recent Ohio State head coaches calls, Karen Dennis, the director of track and field, made a statement that resonated with me about stepping up and doing the work,” said Oldenburg. “The opportunity to join this Coalition is one of the first steps in doing the work. I am honored to be a part of this group and I am looking forward to listening, learning and growing in a space that I need to know more about. It is encouraging to see so many student-athletes, coaches and administrators stepping up at every institution in the Big Ten to join this initiative. I am hopeful and excited to be a part of the 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.
Mauer played in 28 matches last season and led the team with 658 assists and 7.48 assists per set. She added 155 digs, 22 kills and 13 blocks while also registering 25 outings with double-digits assists.
Oldenburg was hired as the head coach of the women’s volleyball program on Jan. 17. The former four-year standout for the Buckeyes is entering her first season at the helm.