Bowling, fencing, triathlon and rowing. Which one of these doesn't belong with the others? The answer is triathlon, but why? The other three sports are sports for women officially sanctioned by the NCAA. This week, however, that could change.
The NCAA Convention is taking place on January 15-18, 2014 in San Diego and there is a movement to vote triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. USA Triathlon (USAT), the governing body for the sport, has backed this campaign and you can help.
The first step is to make your voice heard. An online petition is available at Change.org. Click here to view the petition.
Second, educate yourself on the reasons why we should support this so you can tell others. Among the reasons USAT lists:
- Triathlon is the fastest-growing sport in the US Olympic movement.
- USAT has held Collegiate National Championships since 1992 and nearly 200 clubs already exist.
- Triathlon is an Olympic sport with broad national participation, allowing schools to attract a unique set of elite student-athletes not yet being served.
Click here to read more reasons.
Third, evangelize. Speak up using social media. Spread the word with the hashtag #NCAATriathlon on Twitter and Facebook. Share the USAT page or this article on your social media. Share the link to the petition.