WE GET A NEW WEIGHT ROOM #ncaawbb #atlet
Lyd original sound – Sedona Prince
After setbacks, the NCAA updated its women’s weight room for March Madness athletes. This change comes after female basketball players exposed the organization to provide them with inadequate equipment compared to their male counterparts while training in San Antonio. On March 18, various athletes competing in the women’s basketball tournament shared a look at the pitiful resources they had available. A single dumbbell stand and a pile of yoga mats were considered appropriate for the women’s team, while the men were given different equipment for proper heavy lifting.
College athletes, like the University of Oregon’s Sedona Prince, held the NCAA accountable by posting videos and photos of the glossy “weight room” on TikTok. The following day, the association’s vice president of women’s basketball, Lynn Holzman, issued an apology. “As a former female basketball student athlete, it has always been my priority to make this event the best possible experience for everyone involved,” she said. “We fell this year in what we’ve done to prepare for the last 60 days for 64 teams to be here in San Antonio.” The NCAA’s vice president of men’s basketball also issued a statement saying, “I apologize to the women’s basketball student-athletes, coaches, and women’s basketball committee for dropping the ball on the weight in San Antonio.”
More details and context are coming on @CollegeGameDay, but the response has been quick for the women’s NCAA tournament weight room. Teams are scheduled for lifts today. pic.twitter.com/vFYnFGpzcP
– Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) March 20, 2021
Apparently overnight, the women’s weight room was transformed into a fully functional training facility. As Prince documented on his TikTok, the once vacant space now includes several dumbbell racks, squat racks, resistance bands, treadmills and more. This extra equipment was well received by the athletes, but begs the question: is this too little, too late? And why do women continue to be an afterthought in athletics? The answer does not come as easy as filling a weight loss in a few hours, but rest assured that March Madness fans plan to hold the NCAA accountable in the future.