With North Carolina and others making national news regarding their anti LGBT discrimination laws, many businesses and celebrities have voiced their disapproval. The NCAA has spoken as well. Cities will now be required to prove they provide a discrimination-free environment before hosting any NCAA events. Board of Governors voted Wednesday to require cities to prove they can provide an environment free of discrimination before they can host any event, including the men’s and women’s basketball Final Fours.
Kirk Schulz, NCAA Board of Governors Chairman says, “it is important that we assure that community – including our student-athletes and fans – will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”
Any cities pre-chosen to host events will also be required to prove a discrimination free environment.
The NCAA said in the statement: “The Association considers the promotion of inclusiveness in race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity as a vital element to protecting the well-being of student-athletes, promoting diversity in hiring practices and creating a culture of fairness.”