Judson Honors NAIA's Move to End Spring Sport Seasons | Judson University Christian College

Judson University Honors NAIA’s Decision to End Spring Sport Seasons

(Elgin, Ill. March 16, 2020) Judson University was informed on Monday of the NAIA’s decision to immediately cancel spring sports for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the national prevention efforts of the COVID-19 virus. With this information, the spring sport season for 2020 has come to a close.

“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.”

In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

“The news that the NAIA shared this morning is certainly saddening, but we fully support the NAIA’s decision to end the spring sports season in light of the most recent CDC recommendations for public gatherings,” said Judson University Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Nikki Fennern. “We also appreciate the efforts that the NAIA made to prolong this ultimate decision until every possible option was exhausted.

The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available. Judson University will be monitoring these decisions in the coming weeks in preparations for the 2020-2021 athletic seasons.

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