Kasey Havekost Quoted in ESPN on NAIA Transgender Policy


The recent decision by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to impose restrictions on transgender athlete participation in women's sports has sparked widespread debate. Kasey Havekost, a former Division I athlete turned higher education attorney at Bricker Graydon, provided notable commentary on this issue in a recent ESPN article.

The NAIA's policy, unanimously approved by its Council of Presidents, sets the guidelines for transgender participation. According to the policy, all athletes can take part in NAIA-sponsored male sports. However, only athletes identified as female at birth and who have not started hormone therapy can participate in women's sports. This shift marks a significant departure from the NAIA's previous stance and raises legal and ethical questions, particularly regarding Title IX protections.

Havekost's remarks underscored the need for clear and consistent guidelines at both state and federal levels to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all athletes. She highlighted the patchwork of state laws and the potential for legal challenges to the NAIA policy, hinting at future litigation and potential Supreme Court involvement.

Original ESPN article here

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