FVSU 2020 Fall Sports Suspended with Possible Spring 2021 Season

Posted on Jul 10, 2020

Amid the many cancellations and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and due to public health concerns, FVSU's 2020 Fall Sports have been suspended.

FVSU's Athletic Director Anthony Holloman gave the following statement:

"Because our utmost concern is protecting the health and wellbeing of all members of our University community, all fall 2020 sports at Fort Valley State University have been suspended. I wish the timing allowed me to meet with each of you personally to express how difficult this decision was. However, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Because sports involve high in-person contact or proximity, the SIAC Conference had to take the necessary measures to protect the health and well-being of our student athletes.

COVID-19 has forever changed the landscape of higher education and the way we engage our most important stakeholder - our students. As a result, we must embrace our new reality with all deliberate speed as we identify contingencies that ensure risk associated with athletic competition is mitigated.The SIAC will continue to monitor the feasibility of its member institutions returning to competition with the remaining winter and spring sports. We hope the aggressive measures being put into place will position FVSU to resume sports in the spring 2021.

This fall, student-athletes will be allowed to participate in skill development sessions, strength and conditioning training, and practices that include ten or fewer people and adhere to recommended CDC guidelines. In addition, we will honor all athletic aid awarded to our student-athletes.

The suspension of last spring and now fall sports is traumatic and brings anxiety and uncertainty. I recognize that you will experience a range of emotions, and they are valid and should be addressed. We will prevail together. Let's support each other and come through this stronger than ever before!

We can do this together. Greatness is waiting for the Wildcats who accept the challenge," he concluded.

The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The SIAC includes, (Albany State University, Benedict College, Central State University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Savannah State University, Spring Hill College, and Tuskegee University), which are located within a contiguous six-state footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio).

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