SU axes fall sports
Shippensburg University (SU) announced Wednesday that it is cancelling its competitive sports program this fall. The decision comes on the heels of a directiveissued Wednesday by Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s board of directors.
The rationale is to promote the well-being of student-athletes and athletic department personnel. Plans are already underway to resume athletics next spring, if it is safe to do so.
“The decision was not made lightly,” said Jeff Michaels, SU athletics director. “It’s disappointing but I think in the end it’s the best decision.”
SU’s student-athletes are aware of the change of plans for fall sports, Bill Morgal, SU’s director of sports information, said Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, SU is looking at moving normal fall and winter sport competitions to the new year, Morgal said. All of the university’s sports teams will compete during the spring semester, from January through May. That’s barring any extreme turns in the pandemic situation, of course.
“The next six weeks will be used to determine what types of countable athletically-related activities will be permitted during the fall semester,” Michaels said.
SU sports ‘pulse of the university’
SU President Laurie A. Carter called the school’s athletic programs “the pulse of the university” and “a profound source of pride.”
“I am heartbroken,” she said. “I grieve the loss of our fall sports programs, but we are Raider-strong. The sacrifices we make now helps protect our community.”
Michaels hopes something can be worked out to safely have some type of sports activity, at least on campus, this fall.
”The pandemic has thrown a curve at us,” he said. “Hopefully by the first of the year we can bring a small slice of normalcy back.”
Meanwhile, protecting the overall health of the university’s student athletes is of prime importance to SU’s administration and sports department.
Information, including FAQs, will be posted to. www.shipraiders.com/coronavirusas it becomes available. This website will serve as a resource hub for SU’s student-athletesand department personnel.