The contrast was first highlighted by Stanford sports performance coach Ali Kershner, who posted two photos on Instagram. One photo, according to Kershner, was the male setup showing benches and other types of heavy equipment. The other photo of the female setup shows a set of free weights and some yoga mats.
In her message, Kershner included the NCAA, NCAA and March Madness women’s basketball handles, saying, “it needs to be addressed.”
“These women want and deserve to be given the same opportunities,” Kershner wrote. “Not only that: three weeks in the bubble and no access to DBs over 30 to sweet 16s? In a year defined by a struggle for equality, it’s an opportunity to hold a conversation and improve.”
Hours after Kershner took office, NCAA Women’s Vice President of Basketball Lynn Holzman acknowledged that “some of the equipment that would normally have access would not be as available within the controlled environment.”
He added in his statement: “In part, this is due to limited space and the original plan was to expand the training area once there was space available later in the tournament.”
Sedona Prince of the Oregon Ducks argued there was “limited space” and posted a video showing all the “extra space.” “If you don’t mind this problem, be a part of it,” he added.
Several WNBA and NBA players tweeted about his support after the photos appeared.
The NCAA said it was “actively working to improve existing resources in practice courts, including additional equipment for weight training.”