Call on the NCAA to Advocate Against Discrimination
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In March 2017, the North Carolina state legislature repealed HB2 and replaced it with HB142, which continues to allow discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity and enacted a moratorium on individual counties passing laws prohibiting these forms of discrimination. The NCAA decided to resume holding major championship events in North Carolina. The NCAA Board of Governors released a statement calling the change "far from perfect" and "minimal," but continued to bring major championship events back to North Carolina. This was an opportunity for the NCAA to show that it made decisions that were best for all of its student-athletes. This petition will pressure the NCAA to take advantage of future opportunities to advocate for inclusive environments for all of its student-athletes. While many do not want the NCAA to interfere in the legislative process, the NCAA already intervened in this process by removing championship events from North Carolina in 2016.
In the future, our Board of Governor’s should seize similar opportunities to advocate for creating environments that are inclusive of all its student-athletes. Similarly, the NCAA should use its position to lead the movement towards protecting all student-athletes in these states and take initiative when legislative decisions are directly related to NCAA actions.
The NCAA is in a unique position to positively affect change throughout our society with many major events each year. These events hold significant economic weight and can be a positive force for change in our country. We call on the NCAA Board of Governors to take a more direct role in advocating for competition environments that are inclusive of all NCAA student-athletes.
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