Morehouse College, an NCAA Division II college, introduced Friday it has canceled its school football season together with the remainder of the fall athletics schedule amid fears over coronavirus.
David Thomas, the college’s president, announced the decision in a letter to the scholars. He stated the cancellation will have an effect on the cross nation and football groups.
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“I want all of our scholar-athletes, parents, and alumni to know that the College will honor all athletic scholarship awards,” Thomas wrote. “Like all of the decisions we’ve made related to COVID-19, this was a difficult one but was made with the health and well-being of our students and community in mind. It follows my intention to maintain a safe campus in hopes that our students will be able to return in August.”
He continued: “Our Maroon Tiger groups journey to different NCAA establishments and can’t compete with out breaking from social distancing tips nonetheless maintained by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Sporting occasions additionally invite people to our campus who is not going to be topic to the testing and monitoring that we plan to implement for our college students, school, and employees.”
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Thomas requested for college kids’ understanding, together with the seniors.
“We are committed to the principle that our athletes are first and foremost students. Each one was admitted to Morehouse with the expectation that he has the intellectual ability and commitment to finish his degree studies here. We will support each scholar-athlete to realize that central goal that brought him to Morehouse. Our dedicated academic support for our athletes and maintenance of NCAA and SIAC compliance standards will also continue,” he added.
The choice doesn’t have an effect on the upcoming winter and spring sports. He vowed that the college would “rise out of COVID-19 moment stronger and more focused on delivering our mission. So much of what the country has experienced these last few months makes clear that the world needs Morehouse.”
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Morehouse’s football season was set to start Sept. 5 in opposition to Edwards Waters at residence. The workforce completed 4-6 final season and 2-Four within the convention.