A group of Gonzaga students are promoting good sportsmanship for tonight's big game against BYU in a movement called "Take the Hate out of Hoops."
A front-page story in today's Spokesman-Review in Spokane looks at these students, who were bothered by anti-Mormon comments made on social media websites after the Cougars' victory over the Bulldogs in Provo earlier this month.
“We’re known for cheering against other teams, but we don’t need to bring it to a level that involves discrimination,” said Jordyn Pillatzke, a student in GU’s Hate Studies in Business class, told the Spokesman-Review. “Making fun of the Mormons and their values — it’s something that doesn’t need to take place on the basketball court.”
The article also points out that "not everybody appreciates the 'Take the Hate Out of Hoops' movement. Of particular note is the rival 'Wear Missionary Gear to the BYU Game' Facebook page created by three male Zag fans. Judging from the sparse number of comments on their page, nobody 'likes' them anyway."