NEW JERSEY – Following Monday’s announcement that students will not be returning to school this academic year by Governor Murphy, the NJSIAA has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season.
The NJSIAA said the decision was not made lightly and “we are disappointed for the thousands of New Jersey student-athletes who will be unable to compete this spring.”
“Although we are very disappointed, it is in the best interest of everyone’s health,” said Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta. “We hope the athletes will all stay positive and that we are able to return to normal in the fall.”
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“The last few weeks have been heartbreaking on many levels, from the tragic loss of life, to thousands battling the virus, to millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss,” read the NJSIAA’s statement. “It’s been a harrowing time for everyone, and we know our student-athletes are extremely disappointed. That said, these unfortunate circumstances may have put an intriguing challenge in the path of our young people. As New Jersey’s own Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. “ We’re confident all our kids will get back up and stand tall.
The NJSIAA said they will continue to develop plans for the potential restarting of scholastic sports during the fall season. Additional information related both to the summer recess and fall will be shared at a later date.