NACDA press release
THE APARTMENTS – Georgia Tech has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Community Service Award for its #AllVoteNoPlay initiative, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl announced on Tuesday.
In its fifth year, the award recognizes Division I NACDA member institutions for their outstanding community service efforts. A five-person committee of athletic directors from across the country and representatives from the Fiesta Bowl and NACDA assisted in the selection process to honor athletic departments that make volunteering and community service a way of life. . Georgia Tech will receive a Fiesta Bowl trophy for permanent display.
The award will be presented by NACDA and the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, November 13 during Tech’s football game against Boston College.
“We often talk to Georgia Tech about how the power of sport gives us a platform to impact our communities,” said athletics director Todd Stansbury. “I am proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have used their platforms to promote citizenship and encourage everyone to take part in their most sacred civic duty as Americans – the right to vote. I congratulate our incredible student-athletes, coaches and staff for receiving this immense honor and I thank the Fiesta Bowl and NACDA for recognizing their efforts.
Georgia Tech is recognized for its #AllVoteNoPlay initiative which launched a national campaign last summer. An idea that emerged from a call for a virtual men’s basketball team defended NCAA legislation by calling for Federal Election Day on November 3, 2020, as a day off from all sporting activities, thus allowing student-athletes and staff to practice their civic right to vote.
Led by male basketball student-athlete Malachi Rice and associate head coach Eric Reveno, the #AllVoteNoPlay initiative was immediately supported by Georgia Tech head coaches and staff, and quickly gained national support. . Reveno, who ultimately wanted to increase civic engagement and education among student-athletes and increase voter participation in the 18-24 year old population, partnered with NABC and ALL IN to create the engagement of voter engagement. More than 1,100 men’s basketball coaches from all divisions and levels signed the pledge, which also helped more than 5,000 student-athletes register to vote.
Georgia Tech 2020 Student-Athlete Advisory Board Chair and student baseball athlete Hugh Chapman helped bring the idea to the chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAC ) to formalize the campaign and legislation. With the help of Chapman and the NCAA SAAC, the legislation was passed declaring the first Tuesday after November 1 of each year as a day without countable sporting activities.
“University student-athletes are increasingly making community service a significant part of their overall experience and it’s exciting to see. Georgia Tech’s program started in Atlanta, expanded nationwide, and has been impressive in its scope to highlight the importance of voting, ”said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “Todd Stansbury and the entire Georgia Tech Athletics family continue to contribute to their community on and off the pitch at the highest level.”
“We are proud to recognize Todd Stansbury and the entire Georgia Tech athletics department for their important work in their national #AllVoteNoPlay campaign,” said NACDA Chief Executive Officer Bob Vecchione. “The 2020-21 academic year has been difficult to navigate for many reasons, and thanks to the efforts of Malachi Rice and Coach Reveno, student-athletes across the country have been able to find their voice and use their platform to positive way. “
Georgia Tech is the second Atlantic Coast Conference program to receive the Community Service Award, with Boston College winning the honor in 2019. Tech also joins Vanderbilt, Southern California and Maryland as recipients of the prestigious award. .
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