Saint Joseph’s Athletics Announces Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition

Saint Joseph’s University Athletics has announced the formation of the Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition. The Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition, named for Saint Joseph’s first black student-athlete, Dick Adams ’59, seeks to build and foster a sense of community and belonging among minority student-athletes in Saint Joseph’s.

The Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition also aims to improve the student experience for minority student-athletes by having their voices heard and making their impact visible. The Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition was formed with the intention of bringing together minority student-athletes and giving them the space to feel connected, supported and loved at Saint Joseph’s.

“As director of student-athlete development and African-American former student-athlete at Saint Joseph’s, I felt it was very important to achieve two goals with the Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition,” he said Eric Woods, who helped form the coalition. “The first [goal] I wanted to honor the career and achievements of Dick Adams, the first African American student-athlete at St. Joe’s, and second, and just as important, I wanted to create a space for all minority student-athletes to come together and build relationships with nurture, support one another and leave a lasting legacy of positive impact on behalf of a pioneer who made it possible for all of us to be Hawks.”

Along with Woods, the Adams Minority Student-Athlete Coalition is co-chaired by current student-athletes Ladi Bamgbose (men’s track), Jala Cosley (women’s track), Gabrielle Cruz (women’s rowing), Sam Dumont (women’s soccer), Kris Edobi (men’s career), Jayden Greene (men’s career), Alex Hood (men’s soccer), Darynn Minus-Vincent (women’s career), Lleyton Winslow (men’s career) and Olivia Wojtowicz (women’s career).

A member of Saint Joseph’s men’s track and cross-country programs, Adams began his collegiate career as a member of the freshman rosters for both programs before joining the varsity teams as a three-year letter winner for both. Adams was also a standout off the track, serving as a member of the Air Force ROTC and as a member of the Moors Psychological Society.

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