College athletic departments are reacting after finding out the NCAA will pull tournaments from North Carolina.
Statement from UNC Chapel Hill's Athletic Department:
“Carolina Athletics is steadfast in its commitment to fairness, inclusion and ensuring that all who come to our campus for athletics events are welcome."
"We are disappointed for the people of this great state, the communities that are scheduled to play host to these championship events and to the students who may be denied the opportunity to compete for championships in their home state.”
Statement from NCSU Athletic Department:
"We're disappointed to learn of the NCAA's decision to remove pre-determined Championship events from the state of North Carolina. We certainly hope there will be resolution in the very near future. NC State provides and promotes equal opportunity and non-discrimination to anyone who works, lives, studies, visits or participates in campus events, courses, programs and services."
Statement From WFU Athletic Department:
“Wake Forest University is committed to diversity, inclusion and the spirit of Pro Humanitate. It is disappointing that these championships are being removed from the state as our communities have always hosted NCAA events superbly in an environment that reflected the values of the citizens of North Carolina and NCAA. We hope for a resolution to this matter in the near future.”
Statement from Duke University Athletic Department:
"We agree with the NCAA's decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protection and rights. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion, and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina."
Statement from ACC Commissioner:
“The decision by the NCAA Board of Governors to relocate all current, and not award any future, NCAA Championship sites in the state of North Carolina continues to build upon the negative impact this bill has already had on the state. HB2 was previously scheduled to be thoroughly discussed at this week’s ACC Council of Presidents meeting, so it would be premature to make any decisions or announcements regarding ACC Championships until our membership is able to discuss. The league’s longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion will continue to be a central theme to our discussions.
“On a personal note, it’s time for this bill to be repealed as it’s counter to basic human rights.”
Statement from UNC Schools System:
“We are surprised and disappointed by the NCAA’s decision and regret the impact it will have on North Carolina's student-athletes, coaches, athletic staffs, fans, and the North Carolina communities previously chosen to host these championship events. As reflected in long-standing University policy, UNC campuses do not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, and we are fully committed to being open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds. We remain caught in the middle of a conflict between state law and federal guidance, and we welcome a speedy resolution of these issues by the court.”
UNC President Margaret Spellings
Other Statements From NC Universities
Statement from NC A&T State University:
"There has been a great deal of dialogue surrounding House Bill 2 (HB2), the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, across the nation, in the North Carolina Legislature and how it might affect North Carolina A&T State University. We will continue to encourage open dialogue and engagement that cultivates respect for the diverse individuals and cultures within our campus community which extends to our 16-sport collegiate athletics programs."
Brian M. Holloway
Statements From Organizations
Statement from the NC Values Coalition:
"There is an expectation of privacy when women and children go into the shower or locker room, and it’s more than an expectation—it’s a right. And our elected officials have a duty to protect that right. The NCAA is punishing the State of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the common-sense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency, and safety in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. The NCAA is guilty of extreme hypocrisy—while it bullies the people of North Carolina to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, it prohibits boys from playing on the girls’ sports teams. Twenty-four states have sued the federal government over the very mandate that the NCAA is now trying to force on the people of North Carolina.
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