USC Men’s Basketball Team Completes Voter Registration
On Thursday, Aug. 20, USC AD Mike Bohn announced that student-athletes would be given the day off from athletic activities on Election Day in order to exercise their right to vote.
The USC men's basketball team intends to take advantage of the time off, having recently announced that all eligible members of the team are now registered to vote.
Nine members of the team (Drake London, Ethan Anderson, Chevez Goodwin, Isaiah White, Joshua Morgan, Isaiah Mobley, Evan Mobley, Max Agbonkpolo and Talin Lewis) are registered to vote in California, while Drew Peterson is registered in Illinois, Tahj Eaddy is registered in Connecticut and Noah Baumann is registered in Arizona. Boubacar Coulibaly was born in Mali, so he is not eligible to vote in this year's election.
Goodwin, who recently transferred from Wofford to USC, is passionate about his civic duty.
"Voting matters to me because it allows you to have a voice in the direction this country is headed. I feel like it allows us to be able to get the right people into office and accomplish tasks that can contribute to a better America for everyone of all races," he said. "For someone who is not registered or won't vote, I would tell them that we are one of the few countries in the world who gets a say in who will be leading them every four years. After seeing what has happened after these last four tough years, you can tell how important every single vote is."
— Chevez Goodwin (@Chevy_Dunkin) August 31, 2020
Anderson, who's heading into his second season as USC's PG, will be participating in his first presidential election.
"I think it is monumental to vote because my ancestors died for the right to do so," he stated.
Morgan, who recently transferred to USC from Long Beach State, also believes in the importance of voting.
"Voting is important as it is one of the ways people can have their voices heard. It's a chance to go in a new direction if the previous situation was not favorable to you," he said. "It is one of the most important ways for the average citizen to hold power to make change in this country. Especially right now in the middle of a civil rights movement and a pandemic, I can't think of a more important time to vote for change."
Men's basketball is now one of four teams to be fully registered, in addition to women's basketball, women's golf and men's golf. USC's aim is to get every single eligible student-athlete registered to vote in time for the election on Nov. 3.