On Monday, the NCAA Board of Governors announced they are pulling 7 championship events from North Carolina in reaction to the state’s HB2 Law.
“..the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year.”
The current law, which was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on March 23rd, states that people must use the restrooms, locker rooms and facilities that correspond with their assigned gender at birth. The law has created a backlash from many corporations, entertainers and major sports entities. Most recently, the NBA announced it is moving it’s 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte due to the controversial law.
The NCAA released the following statement on their website:
Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections. “
In its decision Monday, the Board of Governors emphasized that NCAA championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state.
You can read the statement in its entirety on the NCAA website.
The following events will be moved from North Carolina for the 2016-2017 season:
- 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
- 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
- 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
- 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
- 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
- 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
- 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3