Trae Young has been an Oklahoman since his high school days, and on Wednesday the former Sooners guard took to Twitter to show his support for the teachers striking in the Panhandle State.
Young wore a shirt with the motto #SupportOurSchools and made it clear where he stands in the debate.
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 5, 2018
Teachers in Oklahoma are striking for higher salaries and better equipment, textbooks and facilities for their students. The issue has reached a national level, and some schools in Oklahoma have been forced to close during the strike.
Young, a former Norman North High School student who is now a projected NBA lottery pick, certainly would have experience with some of the issues teachers are raising. His mother, Candice, has been a substitute teacher in Oklahoma.
Other prominent figures in Oklahoma collegiate sports spoke out Wednesday about the strike as well. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said teachers in Oklahoma were “way overworked and underpaid.” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops opened up about his childhood as the son of a teacher and the low salary his dad earned in the public school system.
Young’s voice carries weight in Oklahoma. He won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was the figurehead of the Sooners’ basketball team. Throwing his hat into the ring on such a pressing debate — especially with the draft looming, when teams may be wary of players being “distracted” — shows that he cares deeply about the community where he was raised.