AASJS believes that college athletes NIL rights should operate in a free market and we will lobby NIL legislators in Washington, DC & work with like-minded groups to insure athletes receive the rights they deserve.
AASJS believes that college athletics must be intentional about increasing the number of minority coaches in college football. Ten percent of Division I football coaches are Black, but 53% of players are Black.
While college sports has come a long way in terms of mental health provisions - there is much more work to done. Every NCAA Division I school should have a mental health practitioner and a dedicated diversity and inclusion officer.
In the National Basketball Association (NBA) there are two general managers, in the National Football League (NFL) there are eight general managers and in Major League Baseball (MLB) there are no Black general managers.
Juvenile Justice, and athletes with an interest in this area, will be the initial focus of the AASJS criminal justice reform platform. The two primary areas will be education (more meaningful and rigorous towards reducing recidivism) and mental health services.
The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is a 456-page document, but includes only 6 pages on behavioral health and does not address any of the behavioral health needs of former players. AASJS will begin a review NBA and MLB CBA's.
We aim to educate our audience about the inequities and inequalities in college and professional sports via qualitative and quantitative methods.
We will strive to organize motivated college and professional athletes into two Executive Athlete Action committee's. We will arm them with data and help them engage in advocacy.
We plan, via our evolving 501(c)4 organization, to lobby for legislation that will have a positive impact on athletes and the issues important to them.
More to come... and its going to be exciting!