The College of the Ozarks, near Branson, announced that it won’t play any team whose players don’t stand for the national anthem.
The president of the small Christian school, Jerry Davis, said its players in every sport will not play in games where disrespect is exhibited toward the anthem or the U.S. flag. The college’s mission includes a pillar focused on “patriotic education.”
College of the Ozarks is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and has hosted the National Men’s Basketball Tournament for the past 18 years. The NAIA is an association of small colleges.
Davis said the school would like the NAIA to lead a campaign promoting respect for America and for the military.
With all of the negative atmosphere created by players in sports not standing for the playing of the national anthem, the action by the College of the Ozarks is refreshing. Perhaps other colleges will follow the lead given by the College of the Ozarks.