This has been a historic year in the fight for college athlete rights. The passage of SB206 in California sparked a national discussion leading to bipartisan support for college athletes around the country. More people than ever realize that college athletes risk their health and safety without fair compensation or representation in a multibillion-dollar industry that refuses to afford them fundamental rights.
However, there is A LOT of work left to be done and NOW is the time to capitalize on this momentum. Today is Giving Tuesday and your donation will help us continue fighting for college athletes by:
- Providing and coordinating legal assistance for college athletes to help protect their once-in-a-lifetime financial aid, academic, and athletic opportunities.
- Advocating for fundamental rights and protections, such as uniform and enforceable health and safety standards, through advocacy and reform efforts.
- Advancing public awareness and knowledge about injustices facing athletes, including pervasive abuse and mistreatment, through creative advocacy campaigns and strategic communications.
Since our launch with the Urban Justice Center this year, we have fought for college athletes by providing representation and advocating for meaningful reform.
In July, we joined Senator Chris Murphy in Washington to support his report revealing the serious academic deficiencies in college sports and perverse incentives to keep athletes on the field and out of the classroom, often to the determent of the education they were promised.
In August, we stood behind the Nebraska women’s softball team as they revealed serious abuse and mistreatment and threatened to boycott practice after the University failed to take action to protect them.
In September, we launched MAKING CASH AND TAKING NAMES just prior to the vote on SB206 in California. The video was shared by prominent athletes, including LeBron James and Josh Rosen, and earned over 100,000 views across all social media platforms as we helped influence the name, image, and likeness discussion.
In November, we hosted live social media discussions with advocates and athletes to discuss health and safety concerns facing college athletes. You can see these videos on our social media platforms below, including comments by Josh Rosen regarding the lack of right to a second medical opinion and serious conflicts of interest regarding medical decisions.
We expect more big news soon as support for our mission continues to grow. Your gift will help propel our efforts on behalf of college athletes. Please consider giving generously and remember that many companies will match employee donations on this day. We suggest a tax-deductible donation of $14, which represents the $14 billion generated by the college sports industry last year.
To learn more about the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative and join the cause, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Thank you for helping empower a new movement of college athletes.