Lynn University offers up innovative solutions for disappointed student-athletes

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By: Emily Christensen
Contributing Writer

Lynn University’s athletics conference, the Sunshine State Conference, recently announced that all competitions will be canceled for the Fall 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“I understand how disappointing this is for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” said Devin Crosby, collegiate athletic director. “It was a difficult decision for the league; however, league members believe that canceling the season and all related game travel is the best option to safeguard our student-athletes and communities at this time.”

On the bright side, Crosby announced that Lynn student-athletes in all sports will have opportunities for training and strength conditioning. The new training practices will follow health and safety conditions provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in order to keep Lynn students safe as they return to school.

Steps like facial coverings will be required in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces. There will also be capacity restrictions for community spaces, meaning all athletic teams will practice in smaller groups rather than as a whole team. To top it off, student-athletes will continue their studies using a unique block scheduling system.

Lynn’s advancing solutions have also played a vital role in terms of recruiting prospective athletes. The iPad powered program at the school made it possible for coaches to connect with future Fighting Knights virtually and help prepare them for their journey to Lynn.

“Lynn University has a model athletics department that continues to attract students around the globe to compete,” Crosby said.

These changes may make it troublesome for student-athletes transitioning into their first year of college. However, they will always have one thing to lean on in this time of crisis and that is the Lynn athletics department’s core values of spirit, service and strength.

“Spirit, service and strength has guided the Fighting Knights program, and there is no better time than now to lean on these values” said Crosby. “Together, we will demonstrate resilience, care for the health and safety of our community, and rise to the challenge to win once we begin competition again.”