NCAA won’t hold championships in states with anti-trans laws

Lawmakers Can’t Cite Local Examples Of Trans Girls In Sports
Rick Bowmer

A proposed ban on transgender athletes playing female school sports in Utah would affect transgender girls like this 12-year-old swimmer seen at a pool in Utah on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. She and her family spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid outing her publicly. She cried when she heard about the proposal that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools, which would separate her from her friends. She’s far from the tallest girl on her team, and has worked hard to improve her times but is not a dominant swimmer in her age group, her coach said. “Other than body parts I’ve been a girl my whole life,” she said.

The NCAA issued a statement Monday affirming its support for transgender student athletes, saying the organization will not hold championships in states that have anti-trans laws and bills.

“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 statement read. “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.”

The board said the NCAA will determine where championships are held by selecting locations that can commit to providing an environment that is “safe, healthy and free of discrimination.”

The new guideline would mean Idaho, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi could not host NCAA championships.