While holding on to hope the fall sports will be played in 2021, Wittenberrg will focus on giving its student-athletes meaningful experiences on campus this fall even if they won’t be competing against other colleges.
“We know we need to look at three levels of engagement,” Williams said. “Skill development, strength and conditioning and leadership and personal development.”
Williams expects to see a domino affects as other conferences across Division III postpone their seasons. Many already have. He hopes people across the nation take note and do their part to help the situation improve.
“There’s a lot of attention nationally on Major League Baseball and Division I and the NBA,” Williams said, “and there are this week thousands of small-college student athletes, just in the state of Ohio, all being asked to sacrifice their collegiate experiences. Even though we’re not on ESPN and people don’t hear about us, I hope and pray people wake up and see what’s happening around them and realize unless we as a society and as a community don’t come together and practice good social distancing and wear masks, we’re not going to have sports. In May, when we were getting ready for today, we never imagined we’d be worse today than we were then.”