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Trae Young delivers podium message in Atlanta protests

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is only 21 years old, but he’s already showing impressive leadership skills in the community.

Young participated in a rally in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma on Monday — one of the various demonstrations taking place across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.

The Hawks point guard addressed the crowd and admitted that while he doesn’t typically open up publicly about the “things that go on in this world,” he felt “it was necessary” in this moment.

“Everywhere I go I try to represent this city as best as I can. I know this country is in a messed up place right now…it’s important that we all stick together and we stand up for what’s right. And it’s not just gonna take just me, and it’s not just gonna take just you, it’s all of us coming together… I feel like justice will be served and changes will be made if we all come together and this is us doing it. This is the first step…I’m proud to be here, proud to be from Norman,” Trae Young said.

Young added that he prays daily for justice for “George and his family,” as well as “hundreds and hundreds of other people…this has gotta change.”

“No justice, no peace,” the Hawks sharpshooter concluded.

Young also addressed the media at the rally, emphasizing that it is not about him and that he was there to be a leader and a supporter.

“I’m here to make change. And I didn’t want to come here today and it to be about me. It’s about everybody, everybody that’s been a victim to this. And I’m just here to be supportive of my Norman community and try to make change.”

While Young continues to step up amid the civil unrest, his Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is leading the newly formed committee of coaches devoted to finding solutions to issues of racial injustice in NBA cities.