NCAA urges athletes to vote; announces there will be no athletic activities on Election Day

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The NCAA has encouraged schools to help athletes register to vote and take Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) off from athletic activities.

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

The initiative #AllVoteNoPlay was created and led by Georgia Tech men’s assistant basketball coach Eric Reveno, after a Zoom call with his team on June 1 inspired him.

“The reason I coach is because I want to help our guys be the best they can be,” Reveno previously said. “I don’t know why I haven’t included civic responsibility in this formula. We teach about financial responsibility, health, nutrition, getting enough sleep. But the most fundamental part of being an American is civic responsibility.”

In a tweet, Reveno said he appreciates the NCAA for recognizing the power of the idea and called it a “step in the right direction.”

However, Reveno also says “we need to move beyond a recommendation” and “we need #AllVoteNoPlay in the rule books.”

“Our players children need to feel the results of our actions,” he says.

After already receiving so much support, it seems that the #AllVoteNoPlay movement could eventually indeed become an NCAA rule.

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