The University of Vermont has canceled a women's basketball game at North Carolina, scheduled for Dec. 28, due to concern over the state's House Bill 2. It's not the first cancellation because of HB2, known commonly as the "Bathroom Bill," with the news following the NBA's decision to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte and Albany's decision to cancel a men's basketball game at Duke.
"The decision to cancel to our Dec. 28 women's basketball game at North Carolina was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity," University of Vermont athletic director Jeff Schulman said Wednesday. "We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university."
The law, which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called "embarrassing," has also led to non-sports cancellation, including a Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam concerts. The state of North Carolina is scheduled to host the 2016 ACC Football championship game in December and NCAA Tournament games in 2017. Currently New York and Minnesota are among the states that have mandates against "non-essential" travel to North Carolina.