LEAD1 Association Releases Statement on Recent Tragic Events in America

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The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletics directors of the 130-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”), today released the following statement regarding the recent tragic events in America.

“College athletics is a place where men and women assemble from all walks of life to work to achieve one common goal -- to win. Each athlete, in their own unique way, makes a contribution to the team. Participants learn to respect and embrace the value of differences that their teammates bring, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, and socioeconomic status. Sadly, recent events remind us that other parts of our society do not yet mirror these values. As leaders of college athletic programs across America, we strive to promote a culture in our communities where racism and inequality are not tolerated. But recent events of violence should never be an acceptable response. In the days and weeks ahead, we commit college athletics to be a positive influence in this national dialogue on race and equality.”

For more information regarding LEAD1, please contact Hannah Dewey (hannah@lead1a.com).

About the LEAD1 Association: LEAD1 represents the athletics directors of the 130 member universities of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Key to the LEAD1 mission are influencing how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented, advocating for the future of college athletics, and providing various services to our member schools. For more information, please visit http://www.LEAD1Association.com.

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