Despite the uncertainty concerning many details of their upcoming sports seasons, UNC athletes are still finding a way to make their mark. This fall, an athlete-led voter initiative is working toward 100 percent voter registration among eligible athletes on UNC's 28 varsity sports teams.
The project — led by college athletes and Department of Athletics staff members — is organizing a voter registration drive, as many of these athletes prepare to vote in a nationwide election for the first time. The athlete voter project's goal is meant to allow UNC’s athletes to uphold the University’s commitment to "educate, engage and empower."
Following nationwide protests for racial justice in recent months, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council decided on a “really strong voter push,” Council President and UNC women's soccer player Rachel Jones told The Daily Tar Heel.
Brandon Tubby, a senior on the track and field team, echoed Jones' sentiment.
“The athletic department was really empowering athletes on every team to take a leadership role and getting them to vote,” Tubby said. "There's been a lot of enthusiasm and great follow-through."