The WIAA sends its condolences and support to the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities which have faced an increased number of attacks over the past year. Anti-Asian hate crimes have grown by 149% around the country last year and 33% in Seattle*. We condemn these racist actions and encourage individuals to both acknowledge this violence and support the people of color in their communities.
The WIAA will continue to take action focused on celebrating differences as strengths and dismantling systemic racism that disproportionately affect BIPOC communities. It is our goal to assist member schools in offering equitable opportunities and an inclusive space for all students, coaches and administrators.
*Statistics from the Center for Study of Hate & Extremism