After the murder of George Floyd and the public outcry for social justice reform, longtime college basketball coach Eric Reveno embarked on a personal mission to help his players register to vote. Reveno became the driving force behind All Vote No Play, an initiative that resulted in NCAA athletes getting Election Day off from practices and games. The trend swept to the NBA, which scheduled no games for this Nov. 8, the day of midterm elections.
All Vote No Play’s mission extends beyond voting. It’s a movement to help athletes become great teammates and citizens, using free, nonpartisan civic drills to show them how they can exercise their own power to create the future they want. Most of the 500,000 college athletes largely go overlooked by traditional civics programs and efforts, even though these students are some of the most influential people on their campuses. Three-quarters of college athletes say they want more opportunities for civic engagement, according to a 2020 NCAA survey.
What if coaches taught civic engagement to their athletes? What might that look like? What challenges exist to implement such an approach and how can they be overcome? And as eroding trust impacts the very foundation that American democratic institutions rely on to function, how might more civic-minded athletes benefit our polarized and politicized country?
Join us Oct. 13 (12-1 pm Eastern) for this free, virtual conversation. Speakers include:
Eric Reveno, Oregon State assistant men’s basketball coach, All Vote No Play founder
Candice Storey Lee, Vanderbilt athletic director
John Tanner, Stanford women’s water polo coach, seven-time national champion
Elizabeth Ford, Penn volleyball player, Penn Leads the Vote deputy director
Jon Solomon, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program editorial director (moderator)