NCAA adds non-discrimination criteria for championship host cities
The NCAA announced a mandatory non-discrimination questionnaire on Friday for all potential future championship host cities across its sports.
Cities wishing to bid to host NCAA title events must complete the survey by Aug. 12, detailing local anti-discrimination laws and any other policies and pertinent information. Currently awarded hosts will be required to submit the same info at a later date.
In April, the NCAA adopted a new requirement asking would-be hosts to demonstrate plans to provide “an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination” for events in all divisions.
“We are committed to providing a championship experience within an inclusive environment for student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances. “With the Board of Governors’ direction, we are taking steps to assure that anyone associated with an NCAA championship event will be treated with fairness and respect.”
The move comes a day after the NBA decided to remove the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to concerns surrounding the controversial HB2 law and its impact on LGBTQ people. In its release, the NCAA cited recent legislatures in several states that allow refusal of services to people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.