POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks has revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches respect the American flag and National Anthem.
“The College of the Ozarks will not play in games where disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or National Anthem,” said President Jerry C. Davis. “Opponents are pledging to meet the College’s expectations for respect of the National Anthem and American flag. Otherwise, our college will not participate. It’s a shame sporting events are being used to communicate disrespect for this great country,” Davis said. “We will not be a part of this.”
College of the Ozarks is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and has hosted the National Men’s Basketball Tournament for the past 18 years.
“The NAIA promotes a character initiative, and C of O has received a Five Star Institution Award more than once,” Davis said. “We don’t think disrespect of our country is consistent with the NAIA’s character initiative and certainly not with the patriotic goal of this school.
“We would like to see the NAIA lead in a campaign for respect for America and those who wear the uniform to defend our way of life, both at home and around the world. It’s time for colleges and universities to be positive role models. We need more emphasis on character and unity and less emphasis on political correctness.”