Chancellor Malatras Statement on Plans for SUNYAC Spring Sports

January 26, 2021

"SUNY student athletes have done a tremendous job in such uncertain times. Recently, other collegiate athletic competition in New York has demonstrated that sports can safely operate under enhanced protocols. I have requested the State University of New York Athletic Conference to develop a plan for the SUNY campus presidents' consideration to allow spring sports competition. Our students within SUNYAC and the NCAA Division III-level want to play sports just as much as anyone, and with strict safety standards and leadership from our athletic directors and presidents at those campuses, a comprehensive plan could afford them the opportunity. I thank our SUNY presidents in the conference for their leadership and look forward to the SUNYAC plan."


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