The NCAA announced Thursday it will allow student-athletes in all sports to wear social justice statements on their uniforms.
Members of the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel met by videoconference last week, approving rules, which will now allow student-athletes two places on the uniform–one on the front and one on the back–to express support and voice their opinions.
The NCAA released the following information on Thursday, July 30:
- The patch on the front, which most sports already allowed, may be a commemorative/memorial patch (names, mascots, nicknames, logos and marks) intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. The patch must not exceed 2¼ square inches and must be placed on the front or sleeve of the uniform.
- While not all team members are required to wear the patch, they must be identical for those who choose to wear them.
- The second location is on the back of the uniform will allow names/words intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. The names or words may vary by team member.