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Patriots players Derek Rivers, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty (back turned), Eric Rowe, Duron Harmon and Deatrich Wise show off their “#SchoolsNotPrisons” shirt.(Photo: Handout via Players’ Coalition)

One by one across the NFL Wednesday, several players jogged out to training camp practices wearing matching black T-shirts with the message “#SchoolsNotPrisons” printed across the front, with a drawing of three children behind bars.

Consider it the next phase in how members of the Players’ Coalition are choosing to push for social justice reforms, and one that could be a litmus test for how much team owners and the NFL support their causes.

“If you really agree with the messaging, then you won’t try to shut guys down for wearing T-shirts and trying to get their message out that way,” former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin, a founder of the Players’ Coalition, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

As adults it’s our job to nurture & mold youth into responsible, productive adults vs those who only hinder where we want to be as a society. We can do that through education, not through prisons, where they feel unworthy & unwanted.

— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) August 1, 2018

Coalition organizers sent boxes of the T-Shirts, with stats about youth incarceration printed on the back, to players across the league last week, with the plan to wear them under their practice uniforms on Wednesday. Boldin said the visibility of training camp, and the chance to do media interviews and interact with fans while wearing the

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