By Donzailya Berg ~ Guest Writer
Athletes all over the country have been informed that their seasons have come to an end. On March 12, 2020, the NCAA tweeted the official COVID-19 statement that caused all athletic programs to come to an end for the rest of the school year. The message stated the cancellation of, “all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.”
What this meant for the University of Lynchburg was that administration and coaching staff had to send athletes that were on campus during the break for athletics, home.
Athletes that made their way to the NCAA Track and Field National Championships arrived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before being informed that the whole national championship had been cancelled.
Lamaya Lacy, junior and national hurdler qualifier, recalls being informed of the rest of the track season being cancelled, “It was and still is heartbreaking and devastating considering that nationals has been something that I’ve dreamed of accomplishing my whole track career…It’s affected me in a lot of ways because track is my life and it’s been taken away for now.”
The University of Lynchburg athletics has found a way to stay connected to it’s athletes through social media. Ed Smith, a strength trainer at the university, makes daily live videos of workouts that anyone can do at home.
Junior soccer player, Carter Sadin stated, “I’ve been active with Lynchburg athletics from home by participating in Coach Smith’s workouts and our weekly soccer workouts that coach sends us but the cancellation of all athletics on campus has impacted our soccer team chemistry and coaching because we don’t get the actual practices anymore.”