Announced in Sept. 2021, the allyship between the Pac-12 and SWAC is the first of its kind pertaining to basketball scheduling between Autonomy 5 and HBCU leagues, but also places crucial emphasis on raising awareness for anti-racism and social justice initiatives.
Pac the Polls: Voter education & promotion across the Pac-12
Threes for Equality, presented by Pacific Premier Bank - As the official bank of the Pac-12, Pacific Premier Bank committed to donating $100 for every made three-pointer throughout the 2021 Men's & Women's Basketball Tournaments and returned with the same commitment for the 2022 Tournaments. In 2023, Pacific Premier Bank has increased their donation to $150 for every made three-pointer throughout both Pac-12 tournaments. The funds benefit select organizations that focus on social justice as selected by the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Leadership Team.
In total throughout the 2021 & 2022 tournaments, 594 three-pointers were made (287 in 2021 & 307 in 2022) for a total donation of $59,400 from Pacific Premier Bank.
In partnership with the Pac-12, Voice In Sport (VIS) launched a VIS Advocate Program on Feb. 3, 2021 in which Pac-12 Female Student-Athletes from each member institution will be trained on Title IX literacy and enforcement. VIS will publish a Title IX Advocacy Toolkit and plans to expand its VIS Advocate program to all high school, NCAA and NAIA institutions by the 50th Anniversary of Title IX on June 23, 2022. This will equate to over 23,000 VIS Advocates and eventually become the largest grassroots initiative to support girls and women in sport in history.
Together, through the VIS Advocacy Expert Council, VIS Advocacy Leadership Team and soon to be thousands of VIS Advocates, Voice in Sport will continue to change more than just the game.
Read more about the announcement here or visit voiceinsport.com.
Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a forum for Pac-12 student-athlete leaders to promote camaraderie and cooperation while fostering a sense of Conference unity and pride. The group is composed of two student-athletes (one male, one female) from each member institution who are chosen by their administrators to represent their campuses. These representatives also serve on their campus SAACs, and Pac-12 SAAC meetings bring together best practices for engaging fellow student-athletes and connecting with their communities.
"Complete" is an initiative that celebrates the complete lives of Pac-12 student-athletes. These student-athletes are known for their success and competitiveness on the field, but their community involvement, off-the-field achievements, and academic interests are just as laudable. Pac-12 student-athletes are are able to harness their athletic ability to augment their lives- not define them. They’re impressive, complicated, real, and complete. More.
It's On Us Campaign
The Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Networks are partners in the sexual assault awareness campaign entitled “It’s On Us.” The campaign is focused on preventing sexual assault by inviting everyone to realize that the solution begins with us. Read More.