The following letter was sent to the Puma Athletics community on June 26, 2020.
I’m writing to you today to talk about Puma Athletics and the coming year. Covid-19 has upset every aspect of our lives, and our athletics programs are no exception. I know most of you have spoken with your coaches in the past two days. I think it important to follow up with you personally.
The Presidents of all the Maricopa Community Colleges, including PVCC, met with all Athletic Directors on June 24 and informed us of the following:
The Presidents are recommending to the Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Steven Gonzales that they should suspend NJCAA sports programs from being allowed to practice or compete at any college, including PVCC, during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Chancellor is expected to make a final decision on the presidents' recommendation following the planned listening sessions (see information noted below.)
All student-athletes on NJCAA Letter of Intent will have their scholarships honored at their colleges, including PVCC, if they wish to remain enrolled even if athletics is suspended for the year.
All athletic facilities including fields, courts and training facilities will be closed until further notice.
The Presidents fully support the reinstatement of all of our sports program when the time is right., soonest being Fall 2021.
As I understand it as of June 25, the Chancellor is apparently planning to hold public listening sessions to discuss the future of 2020-21 athletics at all of our colleges the week of July 6. When I have more information about this I will share it with you all.
This of course is not news any of us are hoping for. That said, I can tell you confidently that your coaches, Sarah, Rob and myself are here to support you and discuss best options for each of you moving forward should the district suspend sports during the 2020-2021 academic year.
I want to reiterate, whether PVCC has athletics or not, I will honor all scholarships for student-athletes who remain enrolled at PVCC and fulfill their LOI expectations during the 2020-2021 academic year.
I will also sign NJCAA releases for any of you that wish to seek opportunities at other institutions.
No doubt you and your families will have many questions and I encourage you to contact me about anything.
I want to close by thanking you all for your hard work and the heart you have shown during these difficult months. I’m particularly proud to tell you that in spite of the enormous challenges of the spring semester, you have collectively averaged a GPA of 3.152 and produced 38 NJCAA All-Academic individuals and 13 NJCAA All-Academic Team awards. More to come on those accomplishments. Well done!
Hang in there Pumas!