With the presidential election dominating the news cycle and with Election Day two months away, the act of voting will have huge ramifications this fall.
According to a story by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, Towson basketball coach Pat Skerry is keenly aware of the significance and is advising all of his players to vote. As a constitutional right for every citizen, Skerry wants his team to know the importance of their vote.
Towson's basketball coach has a new requirement in his program: all of his players will vote in the 2016 election. https://t.co/GpGTeJIaSy
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) September 8, 2016
Skerry, with help from associate athletic director Antwaine Smith, is imploring his team to register to vote and cast their ballot come November 8. Skerry said it doesn’t matter who they vote for (whether it be Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or Gary Johnson); just vote.
“I’m not a big political guy, or on a soapbox, but with this I think it’s important this year, more than any other, for them to cast their vote for whomever they want,” Skerry told Norlander of CBS Sports. “I think we (coaches) all get knocked for, and I’m no different, of being somewhat narrow-minded about our team and all that stuff.”
Skerry hopes this will lead to other athletic teams at Towson stepping up to the bat and voting en masse. Skerry got the idea from his wife as way to unite the team in the wake of several tragedies over the last year.
Given that Towson is in Baltimore, a city that has seen its share of racial strife, Skerry knows how important unity is. He had members of the Baltimore County Police and the Towson University Police speak to his team recently.
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“I think we have a weakness in terms of: do your guys take enough of an active interest, are they leaders, and we’ve certainly been guilty at times at not getting them involved enough,” Skerry said of his program and players’ activities in the greater Baltimore community.
Towson will open its season four days after Election Day on November 12 against George Mason.