The Michigan Wolverines football program kicked off their August camp activities by speaking and listening to Brenda Tracy.
Tracy is a rape survivor, speaker, and activist trying to combat sexual and physical violence by supporting coaches and young men through outreach and engagement. Her program is called #SetTheExpectation
Maize n Brew spoke with Tracy, who was pleased by how receptive the team was when it came to her message.
“They were incredible. It was overwhelming in a good way,” Tracy said. “So many guys came down and gave me hugs and talked to me and thanked me. Many of them said it was the most impactful session they had ever had while there.”
These are the days that make it all worth it! The amount of love & respect I received from @UMichFootball players and staff today was unreal. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you. #SetTheExpectation #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/V4e7t3Q0SZ— Brenda Tracy (@brendatracy24) August 2, 2018
Tracy also commented on coach Jim Harbaugh, and how he listened to her ideas. “I appreciated the time Coach Harbaugh spent with me. You could tell he understood my vision and my hope for the future. He was receptive to my ideas and he was open to learning from me. That meant a lot to me.”
When asked what moments Tracy will remember the most she said “The moments after my talk when the coaches and players came up to me and shared some of their own stories and thanked me. Those are meaningful moments for me. Sometimes we forget that these young men have their own pain and experiences that they’re dealing with. It’s an honor to bear witness to them. In our society it’s not ‘cool’ for guys to be vulnerable or to ‘talk about their problems’. Society expects them to be strong football players all the time. My hope is to change that dynamic.”
After the event, players and coaches shared their experiences:
Thank You To @brendatracy24 For Courageous Sharing Your Story & Educating Our Team. You Are A Living Testimony Of How The Lord Can Turn “Your Negative” Into “Your Strength”, Revealing His True Glory. God Bless You & Keep Making A Difference #SetTheExpectation pic.twitter.com/dfQOUFJNrt— Al Washington (@CoachWash56) August 2, 2018
Thank you @brendatracy24 for being so courageous to share your story! To say I/we were moved is an understatement. As a man with 3 daughters, beyond that, as a human, we need to make sure that your story and so many others never happens again! #90Percent #SetTheExpectation— Matt Dudek (@Thee_Matty_D) August 2, 2018
The most heartbreaking yet inspirational talk I have ever had the privilege to attend. Thank you @brendatracy24 for your strength and courage in not only surviving but also starting an incredible movement. #SetTheExpectation https://t.co/OmKPJCzgkQ— Grant Newsome (@grant_newsome) August 2, 2018
Sitting here thinking about everything @brendatracy24 said today and how touching and inspiring her story is and knowing that one day I’ll have children one day makes me be ALL IN for #SetTheExpectation and be apart of that 90%! #ThankYou #BeTheChange pic.twitter.com/p9xjzSiYfn— Mike McCray II (@BigPlayMcCray_9) August 3, 2018