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USCAA Releases Statement About National Championships

USCAA Releases Statement About National Championships

Earlier this week, the USCAA Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel USCAA National Championships in the sports of Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer, and Volleyball.  This decision was made after weighing several factors, including a continued rise in cases of COVID-19 across the country which have led to increased state lockdowns and quarantine restrictions, coupled with CDC restrictions, which make the possibility of normal regular season play almost impossible.

The full release from the USCAA can be found here: https://www.theuscaa.com/Press_Releases/2020-2021/December_Cancelation_of_Championships

Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte campus has announced the postponement of competitive athletics until further notice. This decision affects men's and women's basketball, volleyball and men's and women's soccer. Men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's golf National Championships are pending a future decision from the USCAA.

"Our highest priority is the safety, health and well-being of our student athletes, coaches, and staff. With the increase in COVID cases nationally, we feel it is in the best interest of everyone involved to cancel and/or delay the start of competition at this time.  In the future, if it is safe to return to sports, we will continue to re-evaluate the situation," said Trudi Lacey, director of athletics.

Though our student-athletes may not be competing against other universities, they will participate in leadership programming, life skills sessions, teambuilding activities, wellness, weight lifting, and practice activities, in addition to vigorously pursuing academic success during the Spring semester.

All activities will be conducted following established COVID protocols and in accordance with local, state, NCAA, and USCAA guidelines, rules, and regulations. We will continue to explore opportunities to resume a safe return to competitive play in the future.