Another Division III school shutting down fall sports due to pandemic
A second Division III college has decided to shut down sports this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, Williams College, a liberal arts school in Massachusetts, announced several changes for the upcoming fall semester. One of those changes is the elimination of fall sports for the 2020 season. A decision on winter sports is expected to come sometime in October, according to the school’s website.
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“This reduction recognizes the fact that the pandemic and associated challenges are requiring us to cancel winter study as well as fall athletics competition and many student activities, among other opportunities that we usually encourage families to expect as part of their student’s education,” Williams College President Maud Mandel said, according to Bloomberg.com.
Williams College is the second Division III program to scrub fall sports due to the pandemic. Recently, Bowdoin College (Maine) also stated that it will not have fall sports in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. At the Division II level, Atlanta-based college Morehouse College also announced it will not have sports this fall.
Could more schools follow suit in the coming weeks?