NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt women’s basketball associate head coach Kelly Komara was chosen to participate in the Coaches 4 Change initiative as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
“I’m so excited and honored to be involved with Coaches 4 Change,” Komara said. “This organization was founded by basketball coaches and we are ready to dedicate ourselves to helping the student-athlete, our campuses and our communities. Coaches 4 Change will provide me with a platform to keep the conversation going and speak out about social injustice. I’m ready to help my colleagues in the pursuit of equality.”
Komara, who participated in the prestigious TopConnect Virtual Seminar earlier this summer, is entering her fifth season on the Vanderbilt women’s basketball staff in 2020-21. A college teammate of head coach Stephanie White, Komara works with Vanderbilt’s guards where she helped Chelsie Hall land a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017-18, and last season, Jordyn Cambridge led the league in steals and earned SEC All-Defensive team honors.
Coaches 4 Change (C4C) is an organization that is founded by college basketball coaches who are dedicated to helping their student-athletes, their campus, and their communities. The mission of C4C is to provide a platform that engages, educates, empowers, and evolves the collegiate student-athlete on issues of social injustice, systemic racism, and the power of voting in the endless pursuit of equality. The 4 Pillars of C4C are to:
- ENGAGE our fellow coaches and student-athletes within our campus and local communities. To raise awareness and involvement in the endless pursuit for equality through voter registration.
- EDUCATE our fellow coaches and student athletes with historical information pertaining to systemic racism, social injustice, police brutality, and significant events that have shaped our country.
- EMPOWER our fellow coaches and student-athletes to inspire change through the power of voting.
- EVOLVE the minds of our fellow coaches and student-athletes to help foster positive changes within their collegiate and local communities surrounding the issues of racism and social injustice.
The pillars will serve as the four foundational elements that will guide C4C’s endless pursuit of equality.