Vermont cancels women’s basketball game vs North Carolina reportedly over HB2 law
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Burlington, VT, United States (4E Sports) – Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball road game against North Carolina on Dec. 28 due to concern over the state’s controversial HB2 law, the team announced on its official website.
“The decision to cancel to our Dec. 28 women’s basketball game at North Carolina was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity,” said Vermont Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman.
“We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university,” he added.
Schulman said the decision was reached after consulting with coaches, the women’s basketball team, and key university officials.
“We believe this decision is consistent with our values and the conversations with our coaches and student team members. These were the most important considerations,” Schulman said.
Vermont women’s squad will open its regular season campaign against Bryant University Nov. 11 and Dartmouth College Nov. 13.