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CAA assessing plans for conference championships in North Carolina

The CAA is assessing plans for NC events this year. (Source:CAA) The CAA is assessing plans for NC events this year. (Source:CAA)

The Colonial Athletic Association is assessing plans to hold conference championships in North Carolina this school year, following on the heels of a decision by the NCAA to pull seven championship events from North Carolina. 

The CAA, which includes UNC Wilmington, is schedule to hold championships for volleyball and baseball in Wilmington this year, along with women's golf in St. James. Other championships are scheduled at Elon University. 

Monday, the NCAA removed the championships planned in North Carolina because of concerns with the statewide law known as HB2, which among other things requires people to use bathroom facilities that are aligned with the gender on their birth certificate. 

“The CAA is continuing to monitor all aspects of a conference championship event being held in the state of North Carolina.  At all CAA championship events our goal is to provide an environment in which our fans, student-athletes, administrators and all people involved in the event are treated fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner.  I will continue to work with our Council of Presidents and Athletics Directors in assessing this matter going forward,” CAA Commissioner Joe D'Antonio said in an emailed statement.

Several representatives from UNC Wilmington did not want to speak about any potential future moves involving the championships. 

Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement Tuesday after the NCAA's decision.

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."

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