The University of Vermont women’s basketball team has canceled its game at North Carolina. The school announced the schedule change and blamed the decision on the state of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law – also known as The Bathroom Law.
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Vermont was scheduled to play the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Dec. 28. The game contract, which the school provided to the Burlington Free Press, indicated that Vermont was to receive $17,500 for the trip as well as expenses covering 12 hotel rooms and three meals for the Catamount travel party.
Vermont athletic director Jeff Schulman explained the school’s decision in a statement provided by the school:
“We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university.”
Vermont is a member of the America East Conference. Earlier this month, Albany, also a member of the America East, announcing that it would cancel a game scheduled at Duke on Nov. 12. That cancelation came because of the HB2 law.
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA, citing the same concerns expressed by the two college basketball programs, pulled the game from that city and moved it to New Orleans.