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Maryland Athletics Launches ‘VoTERP’ Initiative

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Maryland Athletics today launched the “VoTERP” initiative, a campaign to provide student-athletes and staff with nonpartisan resources to educate, activate and vote.

The initiative, run in alignment with the Big Ten Conference, is led by UMD student-athletes Hope Lewandoski (women’s soccer), Julia Reicin (cross country/track & field) and Taylor Wilson (softball), with support from more than 20 full-time athletics staff members.

“Our goal is that through this initiative, student-athletes will be equipped to grow their voices outside of their identities of being athletes and will realize the importance of their vote,” Lewandoski said.

The VoTERP committee surveyed Maryland student-athletes earlier this month and identified two areas of primary focus: the voter registration process and education about issues and platforms. As a result, the campaign will work to provide tools for voter activation and education through nonpartisan resources and guides.

“I am incredibly proud of the student-athletes and staff members who have volunteered this summer to develop the VoTERP initiative,” said Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “Under the direction of our VoTERP committee, our athletics department is committed to working alongside the Big Ten and our campus partners to provide educational resources to our student-athletes and staff throughout the electoral process.”

Register to vote here.

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