Sinclair Community College announced Monday it is suspending all intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That includes all practices, scrimmages, games, tournaments and community activities conducted by the school’s sports programs. Sinclair fields men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball teams. One athlete said they were informed of the news Saturday night.
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“We are faced with extraordinary circumstances as the nature of this pandemic is rapidly changing,” said Sinclair President Dr. Steve Johnson in a press release. “Every decision that we have made has been aligned with the guidance and recommendations from the Governor and public health officials. The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance and we have determined that it is in the best interest of our campus community that we follow the recommendations of public health authorities and cancel our athletics activities for the rest of the year. After much consideration, we see very little possibility within the next year for our athletics teams to practice, play and travel together without violating social distancing measures.
“Given these circumstances, Sinclair will continue to work with our student athletes to ensure a smooth completion to this term and that each student will be able to meet their educational goals as planned. Sinclair faculty and staff stand ready to help students adjust to these new measures for as long as necessary.”
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Sinclair also announced all student-athletes enrolled on a team roster “in good standing” during the 2019-20 academic year and all athletes who signed a National Junior College Athletic Association letter of intent to attend Sinclair and participate on a team during the 2020-21 academic year will receive:
“1. Sinclair-Guaranteed Free Tuition and Regular Fees: With Federal Financial Aid grants and Sinclair scholarships (as needed), each eligible student athlete who studies at Sinclair will be guaranteed paid tuition and fees for up to 36 credit hours for enrolling between now and the end of Spring Term 2021 classes.
“2. Direct Support from Sinclair to support their academic progress: Sinclair Athletic Department staff and other Sinclair employees will continue to support and provide guidance to student-athletes, while carefully tracking their academic progress.”
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