Opals urge Australians to support Black Lives Matter movement

The Australian women's basketball team, the Opals, are asking the nation to 'RISE UP' in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Opals are hopeful Australians will unite and join them in taking steps to eradicate racism, discrimination and injustice for all people of colour.

"Racism, discrimination and injustice experienced by Black communities is not an American problem; it is a worldwide issue, including here in Australia," Opals captain Jenna O'Hea said.

"It is important that everyone learns and educates themselves on these matters because learning about racism is much easier than living and experiencing it on a daily basis.

"The Australian Opals are asking everyone to embrace our RISE UP team values of Respect, Injustice, Standards, Equality, Unity and Peace, as we work together to eradicate racism, discrimination and injustice both here at home and abroad."

Basketball Australia chief executive Jerril Recter commended the initiative from the No. 2-ranked team in the world, saying it was "abundantly clear that as a global community we must work harder to bring an end to racism, discrimination and injustice."

"We are extremely proud of the Australian Opals in wanting to come together and lend their voice and influence to not only support Black Lives Matters but [also] drive positive change through their RISE UP campaign," Rechter said.

"Basketball Australia is committed to using our position and platform to engage, listen, speak out, and be a vehicle for change on racial equality."