The NCAA is going to allow student-athletes to wear social justice statements on their uniforms, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Athletes will be able to replace their last name on the uniform with words to celebrate or memorialize people or events in accordance with recent protests for social reform. There is not a timetable for how long this will be allowed, although it seems this may go into affect permanently.
Charania of The Athletic released the news via Twitter:
The NCAA will allow student-athletes in all sports to wear social justice statements on their uniforms, including replacing last name with words to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2020
This is not the first time we are seeing this step being taken, as professional sports leagues including the NBA have also gone this route. A lot of athletes across the country have spoken out in favor of social reform, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a movement of jerseys with names/events to further push change.