East Lansing — As part of National Girls and Women’s Sports Day, the Michigan State women’s basketball team will wear teal warm-up shirts on Thursday night before its game with Iowa.
The Spartans will be joined by members of every women’s team on campus, who also will be wearing teal, the color symbolic of support for victims of sexual assault. During a men’s game last week, the student section known as the Izzone all wore teal in support of the victims of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced last week to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault.
“This was a team decision,” women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant said. “They wanted to show the victims that we support them, and we are in awe of their courage and bravery. The victims on this campus are our sisters, and we support them. We need to open the deaf ears and the blind eyes of every person on every campus in the country. Let this be a lesson to everyone: If you see or hear something, DO something.”
The 6 p.m. tip-off will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
On Wednesday, the men’s basketball team wore teal ribbons on their warm-up jerseys before taking on Penn State. Coach Tom Izzo and his staff also wore teal ribbons.