DUBLIN, CA — The Golden State Warriors have promoted a Dublin High School student's effort to promote diversity and unity on campus and beyond.
Acacia Tripplett, DHS diversity ambassador, raised $15,000 to purchase 3,700 T-shirts for students of DHS and Valley High School. The front of the shirts say "Our Dublin" and feature raised fists of different skin tones. The back of the shirt features a quote from acclaimed book "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas: "Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete."
"This is what Dublin is about," she said. "We're all really responsible for diversity and uplifting diversity, and unity."
The initiative even caught the eye of the Golden State Warriors. Coach Steve Kerr and others promoted the shirts in a recent video.
"We got our shirts, now go get yours," Kerr said. "The time is now."
The community is now welcome to purchase their own "Our Dublin" shirts — and they're selling fast at diversityambassador.square.site.
Proceeds from the shirt will benefit a scholarship program that will be set up this year, Tripplett said. The money will be given to a senior who is up to the challenge of continuing to promote diversity even after leaving the school.
The site just launched Friday and the community has already contributed $3,000 to her efforts. One viewer even found the website from the United Kingdom, Tripplett said.
The shirts were distributed to more than 1,500 students last week. Tripplett said the T-shirts have unified students despite the distance they're keeping amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Students have gotten emotional, she said. They've thanked her for being a voice in the community and said that the "Our Dublin" T-shirts were the best thing the school has done.
Seeing students wearing the shirts she designed was powerful and deeply moving, Tripplett said.
"This has really brought people together and it's continuing to bring people together," she said.
Buy your own "Our Dublin" T-shirt or donate to the scholarship campaign here.