ELYRIA, Ohio — Lorain County Community College announced that it has suspended all athletics for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year due to COVID-19 concerns.
Sports affected by the suspension of athletics include men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, softball and all club sports.
The college announced in August that it would only be holding cross county athletics for the fall semester with no spectators—delaying all other athletics to the spring semester—but with the recent record-breaking surges in COVID-19, the decision to suspend all athletics was made.
“As with everything we do, the decision to suspend athletics was made with the health and safety of our athletes, coaches and our entire campus in mind,” said Jonathan Dryden, LCCC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the University Partnership. “We are disappointed to have to make this decision, however, it would be nearly impossible to implement the precautions needed to ensure a safe environment during competition, practices and travel.”
LCCC said it will work with student athletes to address their specific needs for the upcoming academic year.
The school was scheduled to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships for cross country in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Nov. 14.