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MoFo Partners with SetTheExpectation on Mission to End Sexual and Physical Violence in Athletic Programs

13 Dec 2019

MoFo is pleased to announce a new partnership with SetTheExpectation, a nonprofit whose mission is to put an end to sexual and physical violence in high school, collegiate, and professional athletic programs. The nonprofit was founded by sexual violence survivor Brenda Tracy, who began the national #SetTheExpectation campaign by traveling the country and sharing her story with university students, athletes, and various organizations.

Former NCAA Division I men’s basketball player and current MoFo associate Cody McDavis was instrumental in introducing Brenda to the firm, and has been working with Brenda and her organization since 2015. MoFo’s pro bono team will be assisting the organization in getting the Tracy Rule, a zero-tolerance policy for violent student-athletes, adopted by all 1,200 NCAA schools across the country. The Tracy Rule prohibits the receipt of financial aid or the participation in varsity athletics by student-athletes who have committed an act of sexual or gender-based violence.

The Tracy Rule attaches student-athlete eligibility to behavior and ensures that “a current or prospective student-athlete who has been convicted of, pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor involving Serious Misconduct, has been found a delinquent in relationship to a juvenile code equivalent, or has been disciplined by the university or athletic department at any time during enrollment at any collegiate institution (excluding temporary disciplinary action during an investigation) due to Serious Misconduct shall not be eligible for athletically related financial aid, practice or competition.” The firm will continue working with SetTheExpectation, as well, as with university and athletic-department administrators, to ensure the rule is fully applicable regardless of which state it is applied in or how large the institution is that adopts it.

Read more about SetTheExpectation and the Tracy Rule here.

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