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Petitioning Mark Emmert

Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help

My mother and I are asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. Please read my letter and sign our petition. Let the NCAA know that sports are NOT more important than human lives! Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I’m the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. She didn’t tell me because she wanted to. She told me because she had to. She was trying to save my life. I was out of control at the time. I was angry and broken and I didn’t care if I lived or not. I remember her crying and struggling to get the words out “I was raped.” She apologized to me over and over and asked me not to hate her. “Please don’t be ashamed of me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I still can’t understand why she was apologizing to me, but after that talk, I started to see her as a different person. I saw her as someone who had been hurt, and she was just doing the best she could as a single mother with two kids. It was then that I began to turn my life around — mostly for myself, but also for my mom. I wanted her to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure that what she went through and all the sacrifices she made for me and my brother were not in vain. It was 2014 when my mother went public with her story. I wasn’t prepared. She hadn’t told me the details in 2010, but now every ugly detail was on the internet in an article by John Canzano at the Oregonian. To this day, I haven’t read it all. I can’t. I just can’t. What I do know is that my mom was drugged and gang-raped by four football players in 1998. I know that Oregon State University gave two of them 25 hours community service and Coach Mike Riley gave them a one-game suspension. I know that the police threw away her rape kit and the DA lied to her about her case. I know that Oregon State cared more about football and money than my mom. I know that my mom wanted to kill herself, and I know that she almost did. And all because other people decided that football, money and reputation was more important than me and my brother having a mother. I was scared when the article first came out. I didn’t know how people would react to us. Would they attack my mom? Would they say terrible things about her? Would I have to defend her? And what would I say? But a great thing happened. People reached out to us and they supported us. They expressed their love and gratitude for my mom coming forward and being brave enough to tell her story. I was proud of her. It was the first time I saw her happy. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of her. I’ve heard her say more than one time, “I walked out of my prison of shame and silence that day,” and she did. I could see it. Ever since then my mom has worked hard to help others. She’s passed five laws in Oregon. She’s won numerous awards. We just went to Washington, DC where she received the National Service Courage Award from the United States Attorney General. She also changed a Pac 12 rule so that athletes with serious misconduct issues can’t transfer into our conference. She’s my hero. And that’s why I’m writing to you. I’m a college athlete, and I watch ESPN religiously. There’s a serious problem in sports. We don’t take sexual violence seriously enough. Seventeen years ago Coach Mike Riley suspended the men that hurt my mom for one game and just yesterday I saw the story about Baylor. Nothing has changed. Schools are still more worried about money and football than people’s lives. I’m a grown man now. I would never hurt a woman that way and I know that most men wouldn’t. Why are we protecting this small group of men? Why are we allowing them to destroy people’s lives? All of these victims have families and they get hurt too. I’m still dealing with what happened to my mom. We need to do something right now, and I think it starts with the NCAA creating a policy that bans violent athletes. Enough is enough. It’s been 17 years and nothing has changed. How many more years do we have to wait for something to happen? As the NCAA you have authority over many schools. YOU can change this. These schools have proven that they are not going to do the right thing. I believe it is your responsibility to step in. And please don’t do it for me or my mom. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Sincerely, Darius Adams

Darius Adams
285,483 supporters
Petitioning Mark Emmert, NCAA

Stop NCAA athletic programs from being cut during pandemic.

We call upon the NCAA and President Mark Emmert to uphold the minimum number of sports required to maintain NCAA Division I status. Though we fully realize the challenge of funding a collegiate athletic department, the current pandemic and subsequent anticipated financial shortfalls should not be used as a means to reduce sports sponsorship requirements. No NCAA sport program should be cut!  The NCAA Division I Manual does not delineate one sport over another and states, quite clearly, that an athletics program as a whole is to be a vital part of the educational system. Any reduction in sport offerings runs counter to the Constitution of the NCAA.  Specifically, in Principles for Conduct of Intercollegiate Athletics, principle 2.10 states that “it’s members shall promote opportunity from equity in competition to assure that individual student-athletes and institutions will not be prevented unfairly from achieving the benefits inherent in participation in intercollegiate athletics.” In the past decade, NCAA member programs have experienced unprecedented financial growth in staffing, salaries, building, and revenue. Most of all, this growth has created opportunities – including opportunities for 141,483 Division I students in Olympic Sports. Eliminating these opportunities runs counter to the NCAA’s principles.  Any effort to reduce sports sponsorship requirements will fall exclusively on the backs of the very athletes who epitomize the notion of a student-athlete.  No NCAA sport program should be cut!  When an institution opts to pursue Division I membership they commit to high standards. Student-athletes are no different and when faced with an obstacle they don’t lower their standards. They redouble their commitment. We should expect the same of our institutions. The value of sport comes not from wins and losses, but rather from the educational experiences they provide. The educational experience comes not from taking an airplane instead of a bus or from having a new set of uniforms for every game. There are numerous avenues to provide meaningful and lasting financial relief, however, eliminating opportunities for young men and women should not be one of them.  No NCAA sport program should be cut! 

William Roberts
107,621 supporters
Petitioning NCAA

Allow 2020 spring student-athletes to keep a year of eligibility due to COVID-19.

This petition was originally created on March 11 for Ivy League student-athletes when it was announced that all sports within their conference would be cancelled for the spring season. On March 12, the NCAA announced that it would cancel all winter and spring season championships for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. As a result of the NCAA's decision, many schools announced the permanent cancellation of their athletic programs for this academic school year. This ended the season for thousands of student-athletes, many of whom were seniors. Please sign this petition if you believe that these student-athletes deserve another year of eligibility, since they had no say in the cancellation of this season. Though we generally cover college baseball, this petition is intended to support student-athletes of all sports and divisions. Thank you for your support!   Original Post: On March 11, 2020, the Ivy League announced that it will cancel all spring athletic competition due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Though some are uncertain on whether this was the correct decision, one thing is for certain: it is not fair for the student-athletes to lose a year of eligibility. All of these players have worked way too hard to prepare for the season, only to have their opportunity stripped away. For the seniors that were hoping for one last shot at a championship, they will no longer get to play the sport they love. For the more talented athletes, this could have been the season they needed to prove to professional scouts that they are capable of playing professionally. The decision to cancel the season is final, but these players do not deserve to be punished as fallout of that decision.  Please sign this petition to encourage the NCAA to grant another season of eligibility to all of the players affected by this decision.

College Baseball Hub
26,506 supporters