VIS has partnered with Rock the Vote, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and Girls Inc. to amplify the #MoreVotesMoreVoices campaign and organize as many student-athletes as possible to lead youth voter participation in the upcoming election.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PRWEB) August 27, 2020
Voice In Sport (VIS) launched a national voting campaign, #MoreVotesMoreVoices, led by female student-athletes to increase voter registration and turnout among college student-athletes around the country. The initiative begins with school representatives at every NCAA member institution to get their respective student-athlete population registered and pledged to vote in the upcoming November 3rd General Election.
The #MoreVotesMoreVoices campaign also asks for support from the NCAA Board of Governors and universities to make Federal Election Day a day-off for student-athletes. While many companies are taking steps to give their employees a day off on Federal Election Day, VIS believes the NCAA can become a national leader in encouraging voter participation among college organizations.
As of now, voter turnout among 18-24 year olds is lower than any other age demographic. In 2016, less than 50 percent of that demographic voted. Voice In Sport is working to change that narrative by inspiring not only student-athletes to vote but all students, starting with the #MoreVotesMoreVoices campaign.
VIS has partnered with Rock the Vote, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and Girls Inc. to amplify the campaign and organize as many student-athletes as possible to lead youth voter participation in the upcoming election. VIS is also open to adding more partners to this powerful roster, specifically organizations and companies who are dedicated to increasing women’s rights and visibility and voter participation among young people.
“For too long, student-athletes have had to take extra measures to make sure that they could vote on election day. Many athletic programs don’t cancel practices or competitions, making it increasingly difficult for their student-athletes to make their voices heard,” said Stef Strack, Founder and CEO of Voice In Sport. “The The #MoreVotesMoreVoices campaign asks for the support from institutions like the NCAA and universities to take action in ensuring that their student-athletes can perform their civic duty and vote in federal elections. Our goal is to mobilize the power of female student-athletes to help remove barriers to voting for not just student-athletes but for ALL students.”
“At Girls Inc., we inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The #MoreVotesMoreVocies campaign aligns perfectly with our mission, said Stephanie J. Hull, President & CEO of Girls Inc. We are excited to work with VIS to support female student-athletes nationwide as they register and cast their votes this November.”
“The youth vote has the potential to be extremely influential. Every vote really does count and youth voter turnout can be the key difference in an election,” said Kendall Ellis, professional runner for New Balance and VIS League Member™. “Female student-athletes are a powerful force to inspire this change by serving as an example themselves and encouraging their teammates and those around them to get out and vote.”
“Youth voters are so important because their participation and energy is what drives change,” said Elizabeth Williams, professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream and VIS League Member™. “Female student-athletes are in a unique position because people are starting to appreciate what it means to be vulnerable and authentic. Embracing their voices and strength on and off the playing field absolutely inspires change in the world.”
ABOUT VOICE IN SPORT (VIS)
Voice in Sport (VIS) is the first independent, community-based platform for female athletes, aged 13-22, to merge content, mentorship, and advocacy with a mission to bring visibility to female athletes and elevate their voice and create a community of female athletes who inspire each other to change more than just the game. Founded by Stef Strack, VIS is uniquely positioned to provide young female athletes a community where they will have access to the tools they need to help navigate their teen and collegiate years as an athlete. VIS extends beyond the platform (http://www.voiceinsport.com) through Instagram (@voiceinsport), TikTok (@voiceinsport), and Snapchat. The Voice in Sport Podcast launched in May 2020 will continue to explore the journey of female athletes by sharing untold stories on topics like mental health, body image, sexual orientation, and female-specific sports science and nutrition.