Sports Backers

Sports Backers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council Application 


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Sports Backers is looking to grow our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council to support the organization’s DEI efforts. After working with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for over a year through a series of staff workshops, leadership meetings, and consultation, Sports Backers staff have increased our knowledge base. We know that change will only occur if we apply that knowledge, continue learning, and set specific goals that we can work to achieve in the coming years.


Moreover, our organization is one that is embedded within the communities it serves. Our events are held in local public spaces, our fitness classes in community organizations, and our run clubs in schools and youth serving organizations across the region. It is not just a team of staff members who lead the organization; rather, we are an organization that is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and an army of volunteers with varying responsibilities. Therefore, if we wish to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community-serving organization, we must ensure that desire, the associated goals, and the explicit intentionality are spread throughout the entirety of the organization and not only held by those on staff.


To that end, the Sports Backers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council will be comprised of representatives from all of the major Sports Backers stakeholder groups, including, but not limited to Bike Walk RVA Champions, President’s Council Members, Board of Directors, Kids Run RVA Coaches, Fitness Warrior Instructors, Sports Backers Ambassadors, Training Team Coaches, and Event Volunteers. There will be at least two staff members on the committee at all times. Further, others that don’t participate in any of the groups above and are passionate about inspiring active living in diverse communities are encouraged to apply.


REQUIREMENT: DEI Advisory Council members are expected to participate for a minimum of one-year, actively support efforts to achieve the goals outlined in Sports Backers’ DEI Action Plan, and are required to attend bi-monthly meetings. Currently, meetings are virtual.


Applications will be accepted until Sunday, December 11.

Sports Backers

Sports Backers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council Application 


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Basic Information









Please answer the following questions to share with us why you wish to participate on the Sports Backers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.







For questions, please contact us at DEI@sportsbackers.org