NCAA to require host state be #HB2 Free!

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Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer at the buzzer gives Villanova the victory over North Carolina and its second national championship in one of the wildest finishes in the history of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

NC Gov Pat McCrory’s blatantly discriminatory #HB2, now synonymous with hate, has been defeated on the court. Next step, in the court. We will Win.

A google search this morning resulted in 160,000 returns when queried about NC Gov Pat McCrory telling opponents of HB2 with news that his basketball team would play at the final four in Houston. This vainglorious taunting by McCrory which was nearly always included in his defense of the discriminatory law, seemed odd, out of context and inappropriately boisterous.

And it seemed at that moment that he would get away with this. We held our breath waiting on news from the NCAA that the final four had been moved from Houston. Monday Outsports chastised the NCAA an organization which had previously taken a leading role in providing for equality in collegiate sports.

Then came the news that the NCAA would indeed take measures to ensure that everyone including transgender people would be included in all upcoming NCAA events.

Although the exact procedures haven’t been defined at the time of the press release the board of governors left no doubt that in the future full inclusion and safety of all peoples will be a requirement, where ever a city bids to host an event in our great nation.

The The NCAA Press Release:

The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday took steps to protect participants and spectators from discrimination at NCAA events.

At its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the board adopted a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours to educational events such as leadership development conferences — to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.

The board’s decision integrates the new requirement into the bidding process for championships, adding it to information already required that outlines available access for people with disabilities and details on playing and practice facilities. The board directed the NCAA national office staff to finalize details related to the statement’s implementation; additional information will be made available as those processes are determined.

“The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University and chair of the Board of Governors. “So it is important that we assure that community – including our student-athletes and fans – will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”

The board’s decision follows the recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While proponents of the laws focus on how they protect religious beliefs, critics have voiced concerns that they create an environment of sanctioned discrimination.

The board’s decision reaffirms the NCAA commitment to operate championships and events that promote an inclusive atmosphere in which student-athletes participate, coaches and administrators lead and fans engage.

The Association considers the promotion of inclusiveness in race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity as a vital element to protecting the well-being of student-athletes, promoting diversity in hiring practices and creating a culture of fairness.

Historically, the Association has used the opportunity to host its events as a means to make clear its values. The Association now prohibits championships events with predetermined sites in states where governments display the Confederate battle flag, and prohibits NCAA members from hosting championships events if their school nicknames use Native American imagery that is considered abusive and offensive.

The new requirement integrates appropriate protections against discrimination into the championships bidding process. Board members feel the measure will provide assurance that anyone associated with an NCAA championship event – whether they are working, playing or cheering – will be treated with fairness and respect.

The new selection criteria, procedures and the status of currently awarded sites will be reported to the Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity and full implementation is expected during the current bidding process.

Published on Apr 28, 2016
Kirk Schulz, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors and president of Kansas State University, discusses the action the board took to protect participants and spectators from discrimination at NCAA events.

This is a huge educational opportunity for the upcoming leaders of our country and hopefully for Governor Pat McCrory as well.


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