Student athletes react to cancellation of sports seasons

Megan Julian, Sports Editor and Isabella Gentile

RWU canceled all spring athletic competition in conjunction with the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Board of Directors, according to a statement released by the RWU Athletic Department on March 13. The department said it made this decision with the health and safety of student athletes and the community as a whole in mind.

This action follows the NCAA Board of Governors’ decision to cancel the remaining winter and spring NCAA Championships.

In her statement, Director of RWU Athletics Kiki Jacobs said she knew the outlook to complete the spring season did not look good and that this wasn’t an easy decision to come to.

Jacobs said she understands all of the time and effort students have dedicated to these sports and although everyone might not agree with the decision, it is being enacted “with the utmost consideration for [their] health and well-being, first and foremost.”

Junior Softball Captain Sydney Provencal reflected on how this cancellation will impact the spring sports teams and athletes on campus. 

It’s pretty devastating for every person on the team,” Provencal said. 

“However, the seniors on each of the teams are affected the most because their seasons came to an end quicker than expected and without any notice. Some of them will never get to play the sport they love ever again.”

Track Captain Jonathan Wilner said having this happen so fast was tough.

“This personally makes me upset and devastated,” Wilner said.

This would have been Wilner’s last season to compete and he believes the team will still work hard on and off season. 

“Having said that, as a senior, I feel like I had something to prove this season and wanted to bring back our CCC championship,” Wilner said. 

“Those guys are my dogs and they always will be.”