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Value proposition

Athletes for Change was created by a student-athlete for the student-athletes. This group provides student-athletes a platform to promote anti-racism, as well as implement initiatives that will be educational, impactful, and resonate with local communities. We are promoting young leaders and creating opportunities for future young leaders.

1. Our Platform

  • 56 USports Schools

  • 20,000+ USports Athletes

  • 9,500+ OUA Athletes

  • 4 Conferences

2. Our Impact

  • Athletes for Change not only focuses on having an impact on school campuses, we pride ourselves on having a resounding impact in the community. Through newly created initiatives, Athletes for Change will assist to launch programming that will have a resounding impact on members in local communities.

3. First of it's kind

  • Athletes for Change is the first BIPOC-student-athlete liaison working group formed in Canada that offers a community of support for BIPOC-student-athletes in USports.



Taijon Eccleston-Graham

Founder & Director

My name is Taijon Eccleston-Graham, I'm a third-year student-athlete on the Men's Basketball team at Nipissing University, and I am the Founder & Director of Athletes for Change.


School: Nipissing University

Year: 3

Major: Business Administration - Entrepreneurship & Innovation Leadership Concentration


  • Co-Founder & President of the Nipissing University Black Association for Student Expression (NUBASE)

  • Lakers LockerRoom Podcast Co-Host

  • BIPOC Student Liaison for the Black Canadian Coaches Association (BCCA)

  • BIPOC Student Liaison for the Harris Brand Foundation

  • 2021 Student Who Made A Difference Award (North Bay)

  • 2021 Nipissing University Laker Spirit Award

  • 2022 Dave Marshall Leadership Award

  • 2022 M.E. Follis University Founders Athletics Award

  • 2022 OUA East Division Ken Shields Award

  • 2022 OUA Recognition Award for Leadership & Contribution to Social Change in the OUA (Inaugural)


Fiona huang


My name is Fiona Huang, I'm a fourth-year student athlete on the Women's Track & Field team at the University of Toronto, and I'm the Secretary of Athletes for Change.


School: University of Toronto

Year: 4

Major: Kinesiology


  • 2X USports All-Canadian

  • R Tait McKenzie Society Inductee

  • Dean's Student Leadership Award

  • University of Toronto Excellence Award

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award

  • Head of Administration for the UofT BIPOC Varsity Association (BVA)

  • Captain of UofT's Women's Track & Field Team

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