NCAA officially cancels all athletic activities on Election Day
This decision comes after a growing movement has been circulating across social media.
The NCAA has approved the cancellation of all athletic activities on Election Day, Nov. 3.
This decision comes after a growing movement has been circulating across social media. LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr have all been outspoken advocates of the movement.
Earlier this week, Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced his team will take the day off to hopefully help his student-athletes be more involved.
“We will encourage our student-athletes to register and use their right to vote so that their voices can be heard,” Hoiberg said in a statement.
Here is the full statement from the NCAA:
President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors recognize the important role social engagement has on driving positive societal change. The recent demonstrations following the tragic killing of George Floyd showed the world the power of protest and student-athletes across the country were at the center of that movement. We commend NCAA student-athletes who recognized the need for change and took action though safe and peaceful protest. We encourage students to continue to make their voices heard on these important issues, engage in community activism and exercise their Constitutional rights. Further, we encourage all member schools to assist students in registering to vote in the upcoming national election and designate November 3, 2020 as a day off from athletics activity so athletes can vote and participate in their ultimate responsibility as citizens.