Reinstate NCAA D III Winter Sports Championships

Reinstate NCAA D III Winter Sports Championships

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Andy Gamm started this petition to NCAA

I petition with great dismay, disgust, disappointment, and with a tremendous disdain for the decision the NCAA and D3 council made to cancel D3 Winter championships.

You say "We are committed to ensuring that our student-athletes have the best possible experience, and, for us, this means having a meaningful number of competitions." 

Yet the response is to cancel a second straight winter championships season. The NCAA's D3 mission, among many items on the D3 sports philosophy list is to "Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants." The headliner banner on the NCAA website says, "committed to well-being." Where is the importance on the student athletes in this decision? Where in this decision did well-being EVER come into play? Did you ask the student athletes for their opinion? Did you ask those who toil as students, athletes, and often carry jobs too boot to help cover the exorbitant cost of a private, liberal arts education what they thought about having their championships revoked for a second-straight year? Do you really think a blanket waiver should cover those who really want a chance to compete longer?

Spare me this is about competition and experience. I have TWO kids that play D3 sports. One basketball, one swim. This is the SECOND straight year you killed their dreams and aspirations. This is not about a threshold because let me tell you, the athletes DON'T CARE if 400 or 200 teams are competing for 64 basketball slots or 32 swim event slots! A championship is a championship, period. The experience is the same no matter who is there. The best teams and individuals eligible are more than good enough to provide a life-long memory and experience.

It feels fair from this decision to say that the sacrifice my kids--and thousands of others--are making every day to be able to play their sports that they work just as hard to excel in as D1 athletes (who go to school for FREE) is WORTHLESS the council and the NCAA. If the NCAA cared about the student-athletes you'd do everything in your power TO hold championships. No one cares that less teams are playing. The ones playing care about opportunity; that their sacrifices to be even less social than they already can be with COIVD, their painstaking frequent COVID tests, etc. are not in vain. 

The NCAA DOES NOT CARE about the welfare of the student-athletes. Period. You've stolen the dreams of 18–22-year-olds who have already given up so much for this pandemic.

If you cared even .1% about the mental health and overall well-being of your thousands of student-athletes, you would find a way to make these championships happen. How about YOU sacrifice? How about the NCAA takes one on the chin for the sake of the student-athletes and makes this happen even if it means running in the red? If you cared, there is NO WAY you would take away from these kids just because less schools are competing.

Not ONE student-athlete I know would ever say, "yeah, cancel my opportunity to compete for a championship because we didn't meet a 60% threshold." I saw the numbers. They are all over 40% and many are close to half. That should be good enough for your esteemed committee to FIND A WAY to make it happen for those who are playing.

We live in a cancel culture, and this is just another example. And what example does it set for my kids? The very student-athletes impacted? That quitting is ok? That you just have to be sad and disappointed and not fight for what is right and what you want?

You can do better by these kids. If you really dig deep, you can. You must. Our society is doomed to be full of cancelers and quitters and excuse makers every time something like this is handed down. Why? Because these are the examples they have to go by.

These are young adults and they deserve a direct and live address from the people who took from them. Not to find out via social media on a long bus ride back after a fourth game in six days or after two practices to prepare for a big meet and while settling into to do homework. Man up, host a live town hall and take your medicine from the student-athletes themselves. Hear them out and LET THEM PLAY.

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