The College of New Jersey joined Morehouse College and Bowdoin College on Friday in canceling certain fall sports.
The Division III school’s president made the announcement that, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, all-high contact sports (football, soccer, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, rugby, dance and cheerleading) will be canceled. That’s not just the teams that represent the school. It also includes club and intramural teams. Individual workouts will be allowed.
“We know how important activities beyond the classroom are to the TCNJ educational experience and how central any particular activity may be to student retention and success,” president Kathryn A. Foster wrote. “Student activities enliven the campus and bring great joy to community members and visitors. Regrettably, but necessarily, and in alignment with our rationale and actions in instruction, residential education, and other operations, I have decided that for health and safety reasons we will restrict the menu of in-person student activities this fall to low human density and low in-person contact or proximity activities only.”
Division III Bowdoin College in Maine has already canceled all fall sports while Division II Morehouse College in Atlanta has canceled football and cross country. No Division I school has yet to make a plunge into eliminating fall sports.
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