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CAA To Move Golf Championship From St. James If HB2 Isn't Repealed Or Voided

By Cece Nunn, posted Sep 23, 2016
A golf championship scheduled to be held in Brunswick County next year will be moved unless North Carolina's House Bill 2 is repealed or voided before January, according to an announcement from the CAA on Friday.

The event is the CAA's Women's Golf Championship, originally scheduled for April 14-16, at St. James Plantation. Other CAA events in the state, including at least two set to take place at UNCW, will be held as scheduled this year and next, the announcement said.

The CAA voted to institute a plan to move the Women's Golf Championship if the law, known as HB2, isn't off the books by Jan. 10, and the conference also intents to send a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory "expressing its strong opposition to the discriminatory principles of the law," according to a news release. The release comes after the CAA Council of Presidents and Athletic Directors met via a conference call Wednesday to review the conference's position on championships held in North Carolina.

The decision also comes after the NCAA and ACC voted to pull events from the state as a result of HB2.

The CAA will allow the 2016 CAA Volleyball Championship to be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Nov. 18-20, the release said.

"In accordance with CAA championship hosting policies, the Seahawks earned the right to host the championship based on winning the conference title a year ago," the release said. "It was also agreed, pursuant to the CAA championship hosting policies for the 2016 CAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, that Elon University or UNCW would be allowed to host any rounds of the championships on their respective campuses should their teams earn that right based on their regular-season finish."  

CAA officials decided to take no formal action on other on-campus championships scheduled for this spring. Elon University is scheduled to host the CAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships from April 20-23, and UNCW is slated to host the CAA Baseball Championship from May 24-27.

"The Conference will continue to monitor the situation in regards to the law adopted by HB-2 and will revisit its position on the women’s golf championship and all scheduled on-campus North Carolina based championships during a January10, 2017 meeting of the CAA Council of Presidents," the release said.

Event losses as a result of HB2 have hit other parts of the state harder than the Wilmington area, although officials with the South Atlantic Region conference of the American Institute of Architects announced earlier this year that the organization had decided not to hold the regional event in Wilmington from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 as scheduled because of the law.

The economic impact of that event would have been $950,000, local CVB officials said at the time.

Following Wednesday's conference call, CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio lauded the conference's decision, according to Friday's release.

“Today we were able to work collaboratively as a membership to discuss and review a very complex and complicated situation, because diversity and inclusion are such important principles at all 10 of our full member institutions," D'Antonio said in the release. "Our decisions express the desire of our Conference to stand up against discriminatory practices, while also making sure that the student-athletes of the CAA, as well as all people that take part in our championships, are provided with a tremendous experience in a fair and non-discriminatory environment. Going forward we will continue to closely monitor all aspects of this situation and make additional future decisions with the best interests of our student-athletes, as well as with the commitment of our institutions to diversity and inclusion, in mind."
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