October 18, 2019

Rep. Lawson Urges Speaker Pelosi to Create a Select Committee on Student-Athletes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to request the creation of a Select Committee on Student-Athletes that would focus on the well-being and rights of our nation’s student-athletes.

“Student-athletes are the backbone of any athletic program and give so much of themselves and their talents to their schools,” Rep. Lawson wrote in the letter. “As Members of Congress, we must work to protect the interests of our students academically, medically and professionally.”

In the letter, the congressman said he hopes the Select Committee will focus on the “one-and-done” rule, the definition of “amateur,” and guaranteeing that student-athletes and former student-athletes have a path to completing their degrees.

As a former college basketball player and coach, Rep. Lawson understands firsthand the sacrifices and struggles student-athletes face. Earlier this year, he reintroduced H.R. 2036, the NCAA Act of 2019, which would eliminate the “one and done” rule, provide medical coverage for sports related injuries, and create an easier process for student athletes to gain work opportunities while in school. He also hosted a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill with other legislators and the filmmakers of the LeBron James produced documentary, Student-Athlete, to discuss the plight of the student-athlete.

“College athletes and their families deserve respect and fair legislation that protect their rights,” Rep. Lawson said. “While there are many layers to the pressures and responsibilities student-athletes face, creating a select committee like this, with as many voices as possible, is the first step in truly supporting our young men and women.”