The Colorado State softball team is fed up with what it says are gender inequalities at the school.
CSU softball players staged a sit-in last week during spring football practices. The players allege that the softball program has limited resources in terms of facilities and practice times, saying that the school’s football program is given preferential treatment.
Senior outfielder Hayleigh Evans told the Rocky Mountain Collegian that the team’s complaints aren’t really about the football team. "This is about equality for women's athletics. We don't have a place to practice when we need it. ... One thing we've noticed is that when a women's sport gets better equality, it's because it's attached to a men's sport. ... The men got it, so that's why they have to reciprocate it."
The team hosted its sit-in at the CSU football team’s indoor spring practice, protesting that they had nowhere to practice indoors during inclement weather.
“Our coach came in with three executive athletic administrators,” Evans said. “They just let us talk to them and we basically told them every reason why we were doing it. For equality, not just for softball but for women in general. For future generations, we want to see a change and what’s going on is not okay.”
Here's a cut of the interview I had today with @CSUSoftball about their sit in/ practice in the CSU football team's indoor practice facility as a protest for equality in women's athletics— Mack Beaulieu (@Macknz_James) April 6, 2018
The three players speaking are @kayl_pierce @hayevs and Jordan Acosta @MWCsoftball pic.twitter.com/lUuTiSAYla