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George Floyd’s death and the COVID-19 pandemic created learning moments for USC soccer

At most colleges, freshmen are to be seen and not heard — especially freshmen like Isabel Rolley, who has yet to play for a USC women’s soccer team that features some of the best players in the country.

Rolley couldn’t stay quiet in the wake of George Floyd’s death beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer last spring. So when coach Keidane McAlpine opened a team meeting by asking if anyone had something to share, Rolley, one of four Black players on the team, spoke up.

“I didn’t really know I had a voice,” she said last week.