Group calls on NCAA to guarantee health coverage for athletes after Ware injury

Following a player's severe injury this past weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament, a liberal advocacy group said Monday that the association should guarantee healthcare coverage for student athletes.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a new petition drive urging the NCAA to provide "universal" healthcare to injured student athletes.

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On Sunday, University of Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware's leg was broken in two places, and the bone was visibly protruding through his skin before he was carried off the court on a stretcher.

The NCAA does not cover the healthcare costs of injured players, leaving the students with expensive medical bills.

"Kevin Ware and other student athletes should not suffer tens of thousands of dollars in health care costs from sports-related injuries. The NCAA should require schools to pay for universal health care for student athletes who suffer injuries," the PCCC petition states.

The petition had collected roughly 4,000 signatures by Monday afternoon.