ATLANTA (July 14, 2021) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association today released a video featuring University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, and Stanford University head coach Tara Vanderveer in which they renew the WBCA’s call on behalf of its member coaches for gender equity in basketball.
The new Our Fair Shot video precedes the forthcoming Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLC report containing the law firm’s findings from its equity review of the NCAA’s management of women’s and men’s basketball. The NCAA commissioned Kaplan Hecker to conduct the review following public outrage over inequitable conditions experienced by teams participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships this past March and April.
“Later this month the law firm of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLC will deliver to the NCAA its report from a review of NCAA policies and practices relating to the organization’s inequitable administration of women’s and men’s basketball championships,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Just days ahead of the delivery of this report, three of the most prominent coaches in women’s basketball — Geno Auriemma, Dawn Staley and Tara VanDerveer — renew our call for the NCAA to acknowledge inequities exist, to make public the report in its entirety, and to take the necessary action to end the inequities once and for all.
“We encourage everyone to watch Geno, Dawn and Tara’s brief video message, and share it with your family, friends and followers on social media,” said Donehew. “The time for equity in women’s basketball is now.”
To learn more about the WBCA’s Our Fair Shot gender equity initiative, visit OurFairShot.com.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit WBCA.org for more details about the association.
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