- Dick’s Sporting Goods tweeted that it will bring fitness equipment to female NCAA athletes.
- Viral photos showed that the women’s fitness room in the NCAA bubble was sparser than the men’s.
- Players pointed out other unequal treatment including food and COVID-19 tests.
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Dick’s Sporting Goods offered to bring fitness equipment to the NCAA women after viral videos revealed the unequal treatment female basketball players received from the organization compared to the men’s teams.
Stanford sports performance coach Ali Kershner shared photos comparing the setups for men and women provided by the NCAA. The men’s room was full of weights and professional equipment, while the women’s space appeared to only have yoga mats and small dumbbells.
Teams playing in the March Madness NCAA tournaments will be in a bubble for three weeks sharing hotels and workout spaces in Indianapolis until the sweet sixteen.
Fans, players, and members of the media called further attention to the discrepancy on social media.
-AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) March 19, 2021
-Sedona Prince (@sedonaprince_) March 19, 2021
On Friday, sports retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods tweeted “Our teammates have worked quickly to get truckloads of fitness equipment ready” to bring to the women’s workoutroom, with photos of U-Hauls.
-DICK’S Sporting Goods (@DICKS) March 19, 2021
Orange Theory also tweeted that it will make studios available for female athletes to train.
The NCAA has also since released a statement. “We acknowledge that some of the amenities teams would typically have access to have not been as available inside the controlled environment. 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” NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said in a statement to the media.
“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.”