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NCAA under fire for differences in amenities at men’s and women’s tournaments

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Salt Lake City - Practice Sessions
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – MARCH 20: A general view of a ‘March Madness’ logo is seen during practice before the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 20, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament is underway this week with teams participating in a bubble due to the pandemic.

Pictures surfaced Thursday on social media showing the noticeable differences in the work out facilities in the men and women’s bubble.

 

 

Oregon’s women basketball player Sedona Prince posted a TikTok calling out the disparity between amenities, writing in her caption: “it’s 2021 and we are still fighting for bits and pieces of equality. #ncaa #inequality #fightforchange.”

@sedonerrrit’s 2021 and we are still fighting for bits and pieces of equality. #ncaa #inequality #fightforchange

♬ original sound – Sedona Prince

“We acknowledge that some of the amenities teams would typically have access to have not been as available inside the controlled environment,” NCAA vice president Lynn Holzman said. “In part, this is due to the limited space and the original plan was to expand the workout area once additional space was available later in the tournament. However, we want to be responsive to the needs of our participating teams, and we are actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.”