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Congressman Tony Cardenas

Representing the 29th District of California

THURSDAY: CÁRDENAS TO MEET WITH COLLEGIATE STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVOCATES

Apr 1, 2014
Press Release
Former Northwestern QB Colter to visit author of Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act

THURSDAY: CÁRDENAS TO MEET WITH COLLEGIATE STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVOCATES
Former Northwestern QB Colter to visit author of Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act


Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas confirmed that he will be one of the Representatives meeting Thursday with Kain Colter, former Northwestern University quarterback, and Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, to discuss critical issues surrounding intercollegiate athletics and the protection of student-athletes.

The meeting will take place this Thursday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in Cárdenas’ office in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington.

Colter was the leader of an effort to request that the National Labor Relations Board recognize Northwestern football players as employees, allowing them to potentially join a union. The NLRB recognized that because of the hours invested by the players, they should be considered employees of the University.

Colter and Huma will be discussing this issue with Cárdenas, as well as issues related to Cárdenas’ legislation, the Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act (H.R. 3545). The Cárdenas legislation would protect collegiate student-athletes as they achieve academic goals, while also protecting the student-athletes’ health.

The Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act (CSAP) requires the universities and colleges profiting most from athletics to guarantee a high level of post-secondary education for their athletes, in exchange for that athlete’s athletic performance.

Cárdenas will be available for interview following the meeting, around 2:15 p.m.

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