SPECIAL REPORT. June 4, 2020. NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Sun Belt Conference is heartbroken by the tragic and devastating events taking place throughout our country. Racism and discrimination deprive too many people of their basic guaranteed liberties and destroy their hopes for a better life for themselves and their families. We are committed to working with our communities to create real and transformative change.
The Sun Belt believes one of the most effective ways to make progress is to educate people about the power of civic engagement. In partnership with our student-athletes, coaches and staff, we intend to facilitate conversations that better educate those in our membership about our electoral process, work to help register voters and create meaningful dialogue with law enforcement to build stronger community policing. While the values embodied in these actions are not new to us, today marks the Sun Belt’s journey to be more intentional in creating initiatives that will have an impact.
We understand that it will be very difficult to assuage the hurt and pain felt by so many. As an NCAA Division I FBS conference with over 4,000 student-athletes, coaches and administrators from all backgrounds, we intend to lead by example. We are proud to be the first FBS conference to hire an African American Commissioner. We support the efforts underway to help America improve our democracy with equal justice for all. We are hopeful that others will join us to do their part in making “a more perfect Union.”
Together, we can build a better future for all of our citizens and communities.