Postpone Decision on Cancellation of 2020 AUS Fall Sports

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The Atlantic University Sport organization has decided to cancel all fall sports until January 2020. With professional and recreational sports pending reopening and the potential of travel between Atlantic provinces without the need to self-isolate, many student-athletes are questioning the premature decision of the AUS to cancel all fall sports for the 2020 season, still 12 weeks out of the competition.

University athletes add tremendous value to universities and their communities.  They are highly involved in beneficial community initiatives and programs. Young athletes in university cities and towns across Atlantic Canada look up to student-athletes as role models.

The cancellation of fall sports may be detrimental to student-athlete mental health, as competition is important to maintain fulfillment and mental well-being for many athletes. They will also miss out on countless other valuable experiences and opportunities for growth that are gained through competing in their sport.

Hundreds of athletes who have put in countless hours throughout their lives to get to where they are now will lose their last chance at that unparalleled experience if the AUS’s decision to cancel fall sports remains in effect.

We are asking that the AUS reconsider their decision at a date closer to the start of the fall season, as well as creating alternate plans to still have a season (late start, spring start, indoor season, etc.) instead of canceling it altogether.