As COVID-19 continues to linger in our community, Delaware State has cancelled all fall sports for the 2020-2021 season, for the safety of its athletes and students.
This decision was taken on July 16th in Norfolk, VA as the MEAC’s council of Presidents and Chancellors meeting concluded. Howard University President and chair of MEAC council stated: “The health and safety of our student-athletes continue to be our number one priority. We have made the decision to suspend all sports competitions after careful review of the current conditions and consideration of the potential exposure that regular travel to competitions may cause…”
Canceling all fall sports could be a smart move to protect our university and athletes, but what will be the student’s form of entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays? The fall sports that will not be able to play are Field Hockey, Football, Cross Country, and Women’s Volleyball. The MEAC committee will possibly move these sports to the spring to allow athletes a second chance to showcase their talents.
The cancellation of fall sports allows athletes to be more attentive towards other activities, especially education. Delaware State Director of Athletics, Dr. David S. Gines, stated “As we prepare for the Fall semester, suspended competition affords all of our 18 programs and 450 student-athletes with intensive opportunities to train, practice, and develop their crafts on-campus.”