By Danny Priest
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, Springfield College has officially announced that the school will not be having sports in the 2020 fall semester.
President Mary-Beth Cooper and Director of Athletics Craig Poisson gave the official announcement via email on Friday, July 17.
The school intends to return to competition as soon as possible, but out of an abundance of caution, competition will not take place in the fall. Teams will possibly still be able to practice, but they will not be having games against other schools.
Here is the full email from sent to the campus community:
Dear Springfield College Faculty, Staff and Students,
With the health, safety, and welfare of our student-athletes, teacher coaches, and staff in mind, we have determined that there will be no intercollegiate athletics competition for the Fall 2020 semester.
There is great disappointment knowing that our student-athletes will not have the opportunity to wear THE jersey and compete against other institutions this semester. However, as this COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip our nation, this decision was necessary.
Intercollegiate athletics is woven into the fabric of our campus community and culture. We remain determined to allow teams and student-athletes the opportunity and ability to practice together, take part in strength and conditioning workouts, and benefit from resources such as athletic counseling and sports psychology.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and adjust our everyday approach and behaviors on campus, we intend on returning to competition as soon as possible. However, we remain steadfast in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our student-athletes and campus community.
This heartbreaking decision to cancel competition this fall was made after months of deliberation, education, and understanding guidelines, restrictions, and testing that would be necessary for the safety of all involved.
As we move through the semester, we will re-evaluate the ever-changing situation to determine how we may return to competition. We are confident that as a Springfield College community we can return to Alden Street and provide you education in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.
Until then, please stay safe. We are looking forward to all being together again.
Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper
Springfield College President
Dr. Craig Poisson
Director of Athletics
Should more information pertaining to this story become available, this post will be updated. It remains to be seen if any fall sports will attempt to compete in the spring.