FARGO - The gyms and fields are all quiet at Division I schools on this Election Day.
That's thanks to a simple tweet from Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Eric Reveno that started a movement. No practices or games on Election Day.
Federal election day, Nov 3rd, needs to be a NCAA mandatory off day. We must empower, educate and guide our athletes to be part of the change. We need action. There is symbolism in every holiday and it's powerful. @GeorgiaTech @GTAthletics @accmbb @ncaa @CabreraAngel— Eric Reveno (@CoachReveno) June 3, 2020
"It might be our first time to vote and there's more awareness around voting. I'm not surprised that the NCAA is doing that, it's probably going to be beneficial and college students be a part of the vote." said North Dakota State sophomore guard Ryan Cobbins.
NDSU and the University of North Dakota coaches and staff educated its players about the voting process to make sure they know what was to come on Election Day.
"The coaching staff has done a great job from the beginning of the season that we were all registered and ready to go once election day rolls around. Everyone's ready to make their voice heard." said UND junior forward Mitchell Sueker.
Most athletes submitted their ballots thru absentee votes. Bison women's basketball player Heaven Hamling decided to go the extra mile and drive back to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota to vote.
"It was really important, I had my absentee ballot, but I wanted to vote in person. It was really exciting and it was super cool to see people showing their opinions." Hamling said.
"It's super exciting to make changes that we want to see to submit my vote and create a challenge locally that excites me." Cobbins said.
The NCAA says this will become a mandatory day off going forward, a new tradition born out of one tweet. Cobbins says this is something she can embrace.
"We are more than basketball players and voting for something that will affect us in the long run, it's important to have these conversations and I'm glad we are able to."