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Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee statement on the confederate battle flag

The Division II National Student Athlete Advisory Committee commends the South Carolina Legislature for taking action to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the state capitol grounds. Not only is this a significant moment in the history of South Carolina and the United States, but this is a wonderful opportunity for all NCAA Division II student-athletes across the nation.

Inclusion is one of the core values of the NCAA. The NCAA strives at all levels to create a culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes, as well as career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. The Confederate Battle Flag does not reflect the core values of the NCAA, and it does not have a place in the inclusive and diverse culture that the NCAA strives to pursue.

As the representatives of all Division II student-athletes from 24 conferences and over 300 institutions, we stand with the 13 NCAA Division II institutions and student-athletes within South Carolina, excited to begin the process of bringing potential regional and national championship events to this great state.  Also, we look forward to utilizing our role in the NCAA governance structure to enhance a culture that is inclusive towards all.