LCCC Suspends Athletics for Remainder of 2020-21 Academic Year
Lorain County Community College (LCCC) announced it is suspending all athletics for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year due to heightened concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. This affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, softball and all club sports. In August, the College announced it would hold only cross country athletics for the fall semester with no spectators and delayed other athletics to spring semester beginning in January 2021. However, due to surges in COVID-19 across Ohio and in Lorain County and the added complexities of cold and flu season, LCCC followed the decisions of many other colleges in its division and is suspending athletics for the remainder of the academic year.
“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.”
The college remains committed to helping its student athletes achieve their academic goals. LCCC will work with each student athlete to address specific needs for the upcoming academic year. The college’s athletics program will continue to offer physical training options for students that align with social distancing requirements.
LCCC’s announcement aligns with other institutions in the NJCAA conference. “With other colleges already withdrawn from the season, our teams would not be able to complete a full schedule of games,” Dryden said.
For the most current information on LCCC campus activities, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/coronavirus.