Following the announcement that the NCAA will lift its ban on South Carolina hosting championship events following the removal of the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

"We applaud the NCAA for its swift decision to end the nearly 15-year boycott on the state of South Carolina following our state legislature's actions. With the Confederate flag's removal, we can now reopen lines of communication with NCAA officials and send a message that we welcome all student athletes and college sports fans to one of America's premier sports tourism destinations."