WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue Athletics announced Monday through collaboration with athletics administration, head coaches and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), no required athletic activities will be conducted on Nov. 3 for the general election.
"We recognize that there is no greater civic responsibility and no better way to make your voice heard than by casting your vote," said Mike Bobinski, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. "The decision to suspend activities on Nov. 3 was made in an effort to remove any barriers that might prevent our student-athletes or staff from making it to the polls and participating in this important part of our democratic process. I'm proud of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for bringing this initiative forward and for their commitment to making a difference."
Purdue Athletics' student-athlete development staff began an educational campaign in July to encourage voter registration and educate student-athletes on the importance of voting and civic engagement.
"With support from our athletics director Mike Bobinski and through collaboration with the Big Ten and the Big Ten Voting Committee, we have been able to educate our student-athletes about the importance of exercising your right to vote," said Peyton Stovall, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development. "Having Nov. 3 as an off day further demonstrates Purdue Athletics' commitment to the holistic growth of our student-athletes."
In addition to the educational campaign, the department recently began working through partnerships with state and local officials and guest speakers to encourage the student-athletes to be informed and engaged voters.
"As we continue to serve our student-athletes, thereby creating change agents within the Purdue Athletics community and beyond, meaningful civic engagement provides our Boilermakers with the tools to develop an understanding of their individual roles and responsibilities within the complex social, economic and political systems of our country," said Lacee' Carmon-Johnson, director of professional development and associate director of academic support services.