CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) announced Monday that it would be suspending its fall and winter athletics “due to uncertainties created by the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Tri-C said that the risk of spreading the virus during team activities is “simply too great” and that it would be challenging to implement the precautions and protocols needed to make the environment safe for student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators.
Student-athletes who participate in fall and winter sports will have their scholarships honored and the school said it will work with them to identify other additional resources needed in both their academics and athletic pursuits.
Sports impacted by the suspension of fall and winter sports include women's basketball, cross country, indoor track and volleyball as well as men's basketball and soccer.
The decision to suspend the fall and winter athletics comes after the college observed other colleges and universities that chose to begin fall sports begin to report COVID-19 cases among their athletes.
Tri-C said it will make a decision regarding the 2021 spring sports season this fall.