TAMPA ― Precipitation converged with poignance Saturday afternoon when USF senior cornerback KJ Sails led a procession of several hundred on a “unity walk” from downtown Tampa to Central Park Village.
The half-mile walk, which featured dozens of USF coaches, administrators and student-athletes, was coordinated by Sails to promote racial equality and harmony in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. Unsigned Preps founder Ricky Sailor and professional wrestler/philanthropist Thad Bullard were among those who helped Sails arrange the event.
“With all of us gathered here today, it’s no longer a race thing,” Sails, an East Bay High graduate, told the group as he stood before Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on Central Avenue. “It’s not a you-versus-me thing. It’s not a black-versus-white thing. It’s a team thing. Just like sports, we work as a team.”
A complete account of the walk can be found in our comprehensive report of Saturday’s marches/protests occurring throughout the bay area. Sails, who broke down a couple of times while speaking Saturday, said God moved him to organize the event following Floyd’s death.
“This is the generation to make change,” he said. “It has to start with us.”