Advocates for Athletic Equity group going out of business


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The board of directors for the non-profit Advocates for Athletic Equity voted to cease operation because of a shortfall of financial support.

The AAE announced the decision Friday, two years after it was formed as part of an NCAA-steered restructuring of the Black Coaches and Administrators organization. The BCA also dissolved in large part because of a lack of funding.

The AAE’s mission was to promote minorities in leadership positions in major college sports, where they account for 14 percent of head coaches in men’s basketball and 12 percent in women’s basketball, according to AAE statistics.

The AAE was separate from the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, which was founded last year independent of the NCAA and is funded by dues from the coaches and private donations.