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Joining growing movement, Fred Hoiberg will give his team day off to vote on Election Day
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Joining growing movement, Fred Hoiberg will give his team day off to vote on Election Day

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LINCOLN — Fred Hoiberg announced Wednesday that his team will cease basketball-related activities on Election Day, Nov. 3, to encourage student-athletes to vote.

“We will encourage our student-athletes to register and use their right to vote so that their voices can be heard,” Hoiberg said in a statement on Twitter.

Hoiberg is the first coach at Nebraska to publicly join a growing movement among athletic departments across the country urging the NCAA to take a break from athletic activities to embolden student-athletes to participate in the democratic process. A petition being shared on Twitter — #AllVoteNoPlay — has been circulating all week, and been endorsed by LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few and others. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr also is a prominent proponent of the movement.

By Nov. 3, Nebraska will be weeks into preparation for the 2020-21 season, and will likely already have played in an exhibition game, with the season opener likely days away.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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