Des Moines High School Baseball Team Kneels During National Anthem at First Game of Delayed Season

A high school baseball team in Des Moines, Iowa, knelt during the national anthem before a game on June 15 as a stance against racism, local media reported.

This video shows the Roosevelt Roughriders kneeling together as The Star-Spangled Banner is sung at Principal Park. Roosevelt played against Ankeny Centennial for the opening day of the state’s high school baseball season, according to reports.

“This represents [Des Moines Public Schools], a lot of diversity and a lot of people of color and we’re just trying to show our appreciation and just, like, about social justice,” Jayden Singleton, a Roosevelt player, told local media.

The start of the summer sports season was delayed because of coronavirus concerns, following the cancellation of the spring sports calendar, local media reported. Credit: John Sears/WHO 13 via Storyful