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Get To Know The Finalist: Micah Kiser

As much as their son pitched his plan to his Virginia coaches and teammates, Donna and Michael Kiser were kept out of the loop last weekend. Conversations between Mom, Dad and UVa’s All-American middle linebacker were of safety and assurance.

“Yeah, we’re OK,” Micah Kiser told his parents Saturday. “They’re keeping us in the McCue Center. We’re going to be here all day and we’re going to go home with some of the coaches later in the evening.”

Kiser, like the rest of the Cavaliers, practiced Saturday morning at Scott Stadium, a 61,500-seat venue that not only hosts a football team, but is a longtime symbol of a school and a community.

Hours beforehand, there was activity around another UVa landmark. There the Rotunda sat Friday evening, its windows reflecting the horrific images of neo-Nazis and white supremacists carrying tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil” and “you will not replace us.”

The idea was in Kiser’s head before he took the field for practice. The senior captain, an African-American from Baltimore, wanted to respond to hatred and ignorance by having his team show its passion for unity and diversity. And he wanted it displayed in the same area that intruders tried to claim as their own.

So Monday, 48 hours after protesting turned deadly on the streets of Charlottesville, the UVa football team locked arms with one another on the Rotunda’s steps. The photo, taken from the Lawn, has since appeared everywhere from these pages to USA Today.

“We haven’t had conversations on why he wanted to do that,” Michael Kiser said. “We just know that that’s Micah and that’s his upbringing and that’s his leadership style.”

via Andrew Ramspacher/Cavalier Insider

Full story here: ‘The right voice for this situation’: Leadership provided by Kiser critical as Cavaliers, Charlottesville move forward

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