College of Ozarks: Stand for the National Anthem or Our Team Will Leave #NoPledgeNoPlay
The College of the Ozarks announced on Friday they will only play teams that stand for the National Anthem.
College President Jerry C. Davis said he has no problem taking his ball and going home.
In case you had not heard about the southern Missouri institution: “College of the Ozarks is unique among higher education institutions in America: no tuition is charged, all students work on campus, debt is openly discouraged, and no federal, state or private loans are made.”
The College of the Ozarks is a very patriotic school.
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— CollegeOfTheOzarks (@CofOHardWorkU) September 11, 2017
The Kansas City Star reported:
An NAIA school in Southwest Missouri has taken its support of the national anthem at sporting events to the next level.
Not only will athletes and coaches at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., stand at attention for the Star Spangled Banner, the opponent will as well.
The school calls it, “No pledge, No Play,” and school president Jerry C. Davis said he has no problem taking his ball and going home. The school has revised its contracts in competitions in all sports to reflect the pledge.
The pledge is a response to protests that started in 2016, with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. The anthem protests have picked up momentum this season in several forms.