Athletics

MONITORING CORONAVIRUS: To minimize risks to the entire community, operations have been modified with the health and welfare of students, faculty, and staff as the top priority.

Spring Season Canceled

In accordance with Conference Carolinas, Lees-McRae has canceled all remaining NCAA athletic competitions for the spring season. All non-conference activity has also been suspended indefinitely. 

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    Conference Release on March 17

    Conference Carolinas has made the difficult decision to cancel its spring championships and the remainder of its athletics competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

    Originally Conference Carolinas desired to keep open the possibility of returning to athletics competition and host its spring championships in April, but it has been determined that this is no longer viable due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 public health threat.

    “All involved in Conference Carolinas have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see if there was any way that we could continue athletics competition this academic year, but we believe it is not in our best interest for numerous reasons,” Commissioner Chris Colvin said. “Once again, we understand the ramifications of what this means for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. However, the growing scale of the pandemic coupled with the NCAA’s recent decision to grant an additional season of eligibility to spring sports student-athletes changes the dynamic for our member institutions and student-athletes.”

    Last week, the NCAA made the decision to cancel all of its remaining winter and spring championships.  

    The safety and well-being of Conference Carolinas student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans are always of the utmost importance. Conference Carolinas will continue to monitor all of the important and relevant information on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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    Conference Release on March 12

    The safety and well-being of Conference Carolinas student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans are always of the utmost importance. For this reason, Conference Carolinas has made the difficult decision due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat to suspend all athletics competition until further notice.  

    “We fully understand the ramifications of what this means for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators who put in so much hard work daily for their institutions, but we feel this is the right decision currently,” Commissioner Chris Colvin said. “Our first priority is always the protection of our student-athletes along with our coaches and administrators. I would like to thank all of our presidents and administrators for working together to help us make this incredibly tough decision.”

    Earlier today, the NCAA made the decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships, which includes all winter NCAA Division II competitions in which Conference Carolinas institutions are presently competing.

Events (NEW)

As North Carolina plans to lift stay at home restrictions in phases over the next several weeks, the college has canceled all summer conferencing and events including the athletic camps. This announcement extends the previous July 1 closure through the remainder of the summer until classes resume in the fall. At this time, the college plans to resume all in-person classes and events in August.

The 2020 Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed until April 2021. 

Positive cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Avery County. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) dashboard for additional information about transmission in the state.

 

Prevention Tips


Follow infectious disease guidelines:

  • Avoid large crowds and maintain distance from others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Individuals who feel sick should isolate themselves at home and avoid entering campus facilities until being cleared by a healthcare provider.

 

Helpful Links


NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

Get updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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