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Michigan State will wear “Black Lives Matter” stickers on helmets as part of Big Ten’s “United As One” initiative

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Indiana at Michigan State Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan State Spartans finally take the field on Saturday afternoon against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and when the Spartans play this weekend, the players will be wearing “Black Lives Matters” stickers on their helmets.

This is part of the “United As One” initiative developed by the Big Ten Conference’s Equality Coalition, whose mission is “constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.”

Rutgers will also participate with a message that says “Chop 4 Change” on the back of their players’ helmets.

Michigan State v. Rutgers [BTN] The helmets of Michigan State football players will feature ‘Black Lives Matter’ stickers. The Rutgers football players will be wearing “Chop 4 Change” on the back of their helmets.

Every Big Ten school will feature some sort of message, logo, sticker, patch, etc., raising awareness to the issues of social justice, racism and equality this weekend. For the complete list, please check the Big Ten’s press release on the matter.

“All things are possible in the Big Ten when we unite as one,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in the press release. “I am humbled and deeply appreciative of how our 14 member institutions have communicated, collaborated and committed to develop a conference-wide campaign focused on creating equality and equity in our society.”

It is unclear at this point whether or not Michigan State will wear these stickers all season long, but you will definitely see them on Saturday.