NCAA to allow uniform patches in support of social justice

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NCAA President Mark Emmert talks during a news conference before the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament Final Four on April 4, 2019, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Noah Powers, Sports Editor

The NCAA announced earlier today that it will allow athletes across all sports to brandish patches on their uniforms in support of social justice issues as well as other causes.

The decision comes in the wake of social unrest in the United States regarding racial discrimination, specifically by law enforcement. Protests and events have been held across the country in recent months in support of racial justice.

The NCAA says it will allow student-athletes in all sports to wear up to two patches on their uniforms. One can be placed on the sleeve or front of the jersey and the patch itself must not exceed 2 1/4 square inches. The second potential location is the back of the jersey where an athlete’s name is traditionally placed.

According to a statement issued by the NCAA, the front patch “may be a commemorative/memorial patch (names, mascots, nicknames, logos and marks) intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.” While all team members are not required to wear patches on the front of jerseys, those choosing to do so must wear identical patches. Those choosing to alter the back of their jersey, however, are not required to match other team members.