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‘I Still Promise’ initiative prioritizes student-athletes, Valpo community

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As the social justice movements happened during the summer, former men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery began to get calls from many different coaches, athletic departments, and international groups about the #oneVALPO story.

According to Avery, the story of #oneVALPO came back into the forefront back in mid-June. He said he shared the story around 50 different times to different schools and to different groups all around the world.

One of those calls came from Valpo’s Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera, who wanted to partner with Avery to reimagine the #oneVALPO promise on campus.

“He brought the idea to me that maybe it is a good opportunity to go back and revisit it and maybe revamp it and maybe make it a little more current to reflect what is going on in the world today,” Avery said.