The NCAA Lodged a Team in an Area Known for White Supremacy. Then They Were Harassed.

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: National Collegiate Athletic Association

In a horrifying turn of events at the NCAA women's March Madness tournament, the University of Utah players were harassed with a barrage of racist threats and hate speech. To make matters worse, the situation was entirely preventable. Despite the tournament being held in Spokane, Washington, the NCAA chose to lodge the basketball team, band, cheerleaders, and coaches 35 minutes away and over the state lines in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, which is notorious for its history of white nationalism. 

This begs the question: why did the NCAA place these young athletes directly in harm's way? This isn't just an isolated incident; it's a symptom of a larger, systemic issue within the NCAA. 

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The harassment was so disturbing, the team had to move hotels. The subsequent events, including a hostile press conference disruption, only added to their trauma. This oversight is not just alarming; it's unacceptable.

The harrowing experience of the Utah women's basketball team is a stark reminder of the NCAA's inadequate protection for its athletes. The NCAA's inaction regarding anti-trans legislation and its alarming declaration of "no legal duty to protect" athletes from sexual abuse starkly contradict its professed values of equality and safety. The organization is showcasing a profound disregard for athlete welfare, signaling a pressing need for change.

Let's hold the NCAA accountable to create environments that are not just physically safe but also nurturing and respectful of all athletes' identities and backgrounds.

Sign the petition to urge the NCAA to truly prioritize the safety and dignity of every student-athlete, irrespective of race, gender identity, or sexual orientation!

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