SUNYAC announces decision to cancel winter sports

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 15:23:43-04

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — There will officially be no winter sports for SUNYAC schools this season, citing safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools impacted include Buffalo State and Fredonia.

"This was not an easy decision and I empathize with all of our student-athletes across the SUNYAC," Erik Bitterbaum, the chair of the SUNYAC Presidents said in a press release. "However, despite our best efforts to plan for a winter season, our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole."

Not only is the regular season canceled for both basketball and men's ice hockey, but championships are as well. The championships for men's and women's swimming & diving and men's and women's indoor track & field have also been canceled.

The SUNYAC says as of now, spring sports are a go and they plan to have a final decision sometime in the future.