Steph Curry and Other Athletes Call Out NCAA for Unequal Treatment of Female Players at March Madness Tournament Bubble

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is facing backlash for its disparity in treatment between men and women players at its March Madness tournaments.

On Thursday, Stanford University sports performance coach for the women’s basketball and golf team, Ali Kershner, posted a video on Twitter showing a stark difference between the women’s weight room facility at their NCAA bubble in San Antonio and the men’s weight room facility at their NCAA bubble in Indianapolis.

“In a year defined by a fight for equality, this is a chance to have a conversation and get better,” Kershner wrote under the image, which showed that the men’s weight room facility was not only bigger than the women’s, but it also had more equipment and weight options for the athletes to train with.

In response to Kershner’s image and the images other athletes shared, NCAA’s VP of women’s basketball, Lynn Holman, released a statement saying that the difference in facilities exist in part due to “limited space and the original plan was to expand the workout area once additional space was available later in the tournament.”

However, after listening to the needs of participating teams, Holman says the NCAA is now “actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.”

Following Holman’s statement, University of Oregon player Sedona Prince shared a video on Twitter showing just how big the women’s practice court is and “all the extra space” they have for a better and bigger weight room.

“If you aren’t upset about this problem, then you’re part of it,” Prince said in the video that instantly went viral.

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SOURCE: CNBC, Courtney Connley