NAIA bans transgender athletes from taking part in women’s sports

The Council of Presidents of the colleges and universities of the NAIA has voted unanimously to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports competitions.

Corey Westra is the commissioner of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which includes Iowa NAIA schools Morningside, Briar Cliff and Dordt Universities, along with Northwestern College. He says the decision was made after a lot of examination.

Westra has been the co-director of the NAIA national tournaments for women’s basketball and volleyball that have been held in Sioux City the last several years.

Westra says the new policy expands to cover regular season sports.

Westra says he supports the decision as a lot of though went into it.

The policy takes effect with the start of the 2024-2025 fall ports season in August.