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NCAA Encourages Schools to Give Athletes Off on Election Day to Vote

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As the world of sports and politics continue to come together in recent weeks and months, the NCAA has been vocal in letting students participate in peaceful protests and is also encouraging universities to give students the day off on Election Day so they can go vote.

“President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors recognize the important role social engagement has on driving positive societal change,” the NCAA said in a statement. “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.”

 

The statement added, “We encourage all member schools to assist students in registering to vote in the upcoming national election and designate Nov. 3, 2020 as a day off from athletics activity so athletes can vote and participate in their ultimate responsibility as citizens.”

This continues a trend that has started in recent weeks, with several teams, including Clemson, LSU and Florida State just a handful of the teams who have or are organizing peaceful protests.

Also, several college basketball coaches have already been calling for a day off on November 3rd to go vote.

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