NCAA Issues Statement on Transgender Legislation
As state legislatures across the United States continue to legislate gender in sports, major businesses and governing bodies are also paying attention.
Clearly, the directive of the current administration in the White House disagrees with the anti-trans legislation and the NCAA is on the same page.
In response to the continued legislation making the rounds directed at restricting transgender athletes from participating in sports, the NCAA Board of Governors issued a statement on Monday.
The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.
The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports. Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.
When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.
So what does this mean for South Dakota and the future of NCAA events in the state?
The state of South Dakota is scheduled to host the Summit League Tournament annually in Sioux Falls, multiple sports tournament games, and future NCAA championships as well.
For more information on the NCAA statement, news surrounding college sports, and future schedules, you can visit their website.
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