Today, we heard that the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) announced that the fall semester sports have been postponed until the spring due to the ongoing health concerns presented by the coronavirus. Specifics about the spring sports schedule will be published later this fall as the conference works through all the details.
While this news is a true disappointment for our student athletes, our coaches, the Post University community, and the many fans of our teams, it is absolutely the right decision given the priority remains the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes. This CACC decision aligns with Post’s priority of putting the health and safety of students, athletes and staff first, which, as you know was the basis for moving all learning to a virtual campus modality. However, with no fall sports, it makes sense to maintain the decision that all students will learn remotely for the four months of the fall semester, but we no longer have a need to have athletes in residence on campus. As we have always stated, our number one priority remains the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community. Post University will welcome back all students to the campus in January 2021 and the fall sports will be played in the spring, except for sprint football, which is not an NCAA governed sport.
As President, I cannot be more proud of our student-athletes and their positive impact on our community. Because of their charitable spirit, the University ranked 30th for community service hours for all Division II schools across the nation. Our students have given over 2,300 hours of service to the community and youth groups in the Greater Waterbury area this year. The teams launched a chapter of the Hope Happens Here; an organization focused on raising mental health awareness…and so many more worthy community service engagements. Our athletes are truly a point of pride for the University.
In the true spirit of a team, let’s stay strong together. I will see you in our virtual campus and in person in January. Be safe. Stay healthy.