Target: Mark Emmert, NCAA President
Goal: Applaud NCAA’s protest of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom” law by moving games out of the state.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is protesting a transphobic “bathroom law” by moving all championship events scheduled for the 2016-2017 season in North Carolina elsewhere. In total, seven events, including the NCAA basketball tournament, will be relocated due to the decision.
North Carolina was the center of controversy after its state government passed a law that forced citizens to use restrooms based on the parts they were born with instead of the gender they identify with. Such a decision is discriminatory to the LGBTQ community and damaging to the progress society has made in regards to LGBTQ rights. Companies and corporations have pulled out of the state in response. The NCAA is only the latest organization to voice public opposition to the law.
Basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, golf, and lacrosse will all be affected by the relocation. However, NCAA basketball is perhaps the state’s most popular sport. Before this decision on the part of the NCAA, North Carolina had hosted more men’s basketball games than any other state in the country. NCAA basketball is not the first organization for this sport to move games out of North Carolina, however. The NBA also moved its 2017 All-Star game out of the state.
Due to the popularity of the NCAA championships, the decision to move the events out of state may have negative economic consequences on both North Carolina and the organization. However, the decision also sheds light on the very important issue of LGBTQ rights and equality.
In moving its championships out of a state that had long supported its sports program, the NCAA is making a statement that money and ticket sales do not matter. Instead, the NCAA is placing great importance on human rights and equality. Sign our petition to thank NCAA President Mark Emmert for putting equal human rights before ticket sales.
Dear Mr. Emmert,
The NCAA has recently announced that all championship events will be moved out of the state of North Carolina in protest of the controversial HB2, or “bathroom law.” The NCAA recognized how discriminatory and damaging the law is to the LGBTQ community and, despite the vast popularity of NCAA sports in North Carolina, chose to relocate its college athletic events.
By doing so, your organization has brought national attention to the issue of LGBTQ discrimination and has put human rights before ticket sales. Thank you for taking steps to address this harmful law.
[Your Name Here]
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