SAN ANTONIO “The 2023 NCAA Convention kicks off in downtown San Antonio this week, bringing together representatives from all three divisions and honoring sports legends like Peyton Manning.
More than 3,000 people have registered for the 2023 NCAA convention, which takes place Wednesday through Saturday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, according to the association.
During this time, the NCAA will honor former student-athletes and coaches who have “achieved significant heights on and off the field” and hold leadership meetings to discuss legislation and key topics such as major championship events.
Here are a few things to know.
Changes to Division I sports
Representatives of Divisions I, II and III will meet during separate business sessions. In particular, for Division I, one big topic is being discussed – discussion report recently issued by the division’s conversion committee.
In the report, the committee said it wanted to focus on three areas to “improve the student-athlete experience.” They include:
Increasing support for the mental, physical and academic well-being of student-athletes.
Expanding the Division I championship experience for student-athletes.
Creating a faster, fairer and more equitable Division I.
The Committee recommends that 25% of sports teams sponsored by at least 200 schools be allowed to participate in the annual championships. It is reported by the Associated Press. that this would increase the number of March Madness basketball tournaments from 68 to 90 teams each.
Another recommended policy change is to increase championship budgets and improve travel conditions for student-athletes.
However, these are only recommendations as the report has been submitted to the Division I Board of Directors for consideration. The Division I Issues Forum is expected to discuss it on Thursday. Recommendations are being considered for the period up to 2023 and beyond. See the full report below or learn more about the recommendations here.
Peyton Manning to receive award
Peyton Manning, who played in Tennessee for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos before his NFL career, will receive the Silver Jubilee award on Wednesday night.
Manning and five other players will be honored on the 25th anniversary of their college careers. Other athletes include Phil Dawson of Texas, Allison Fister of Harvard, Dr. Marsha Harris of New York University, Lenny Kreizelburg of Southern California, and Kate Markgraf of Notre Dame.
Also on Wednesday, Dr. Carol Lally Shields, an oncologist and former Notre Dame basketball player, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Award, also known as “the highest NCAA award given to any person.”
To see the full list of winners, click here.
New President Charlie Baker Introduced
Incoming President Charlie Baker will make his first appearance for the NCAA at a State of College Sports event Thursday night.
baker, a former governor of Massachusetts, will join the NCAA in March. Baker, a Republican, did not run for re-election, and his term as governor ended on January 5.
He replaced Mark Emmert. Emmert and NCAA Board of Governors Chairman and Baylor President Linda A. Livingston will also speak at the event.
Rally planned to protest NCAA gender policy
On Thursday, a coalition of women’s advocacy groups will gather outside the convention to call on the NCAA to “stop discriminating against female athletes.”
Independent Council for Women’s Sports (ICONS), Independent Women’s Forum, Champion Women, Fair Play For Women, Women’s Sports Policy Working Group, Women’s International Declaration, USA, Women’s Liberation Front, Concerned Women for America, Women’s Sports International Consortium, LGB The Alliance, the Independent Women’s Law Center and the Texas Values Alliance will attend the rally, according to a press release.
“In the name of inclusion, the NCAA allows men who identify as women to participate in women’s sports if their testosterone levels meet certain athletic requirements,” the release reads. “The NCAA has adopted its policy despite scientific research proving that testosterone suppression cannot eliminate male athletic advantage.”
The release adds that the purpose of the rally is to promote “equal opportunities” for all genders and “advocate for fair sports policy based on science.”
According to APThe NCAA takes a case-by-case approach to transgender athletes, as it does in the US and the International Olympic Committee.
Stay up to date with construction in the city center
As convention attendees gather in downtown San Antonio for four days, locals and visitors need to be aware of all construction work and road closures, and watch out for pedestrians.
Parts of Hemisfair are closed due to Civic Park Phase I construction and the Alamo Street near Market Street is being redeveloped.
Click here for a list of construction projects in the city center.
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