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NCAA issues statement on social activism and Election Day

Nov. 3rd will be a day off from athletics so athletes can vote and let their voices be heard.

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The NCAA has released a statement on student-athletes’ involvement in the protests following the death of George Floyd, as well as many other tragic racial injustices that have taken place in America.

NCAA president Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors praised the athletes who have stepped up and made their voices be heard in hopes of sparking much-needed change in our country.

The announcement also revealed that the NCAA has designated Nov. 3rd as an off day for student-athletes so they can vote on Election Day.

“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.”