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Dear Coach Schneider and KU women’s basketball team,
Congratulations on your amazing Fab Four win on Wednesday! How exciting to have the opportunity to play a semifinals game in March in Allen Fieldhouse.
Your team is a stellar example of cooperation, humility and grit on and off the court. My first grade and preschool-aged boys soaked up the atmosphere as they danced, clapped and cheered for you. You inspired us!
I’m ashamed to admit that was my first KU women’s basketball game. And I’m sorry. As a lifelong Jayhawk basketball fan, you deserved better from me. You deserve the dedication and loyalty Jayhawk Nation shows our men’s team, and I have been complicit in the systemic misogyny in sports. I know better, and I will do better. I promise that we’ll tune in tomorrow and be back to dance in the stands and cheer you on.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
— Ashley Bloom, Lawrence
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