A Message from Bob Scalise
The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics
I write to share some important updates from Harvard Athletics in light of COVID-19 and the evolving situation on our campus.
Yesterday, President Bacow made the difficult decision—as many of you have seen—to transition to virtual instruction effective March 23, the first day after Harvard's spring break. As such, all students have been asked to move out of their dorms by this Sunday, March 15.
Early this afternoon, the Ivy League Presidents announced their unanimous decision to cancel all spring practices and competitions through the remainder of the academic year. In addition, no Harvard student-athletes will participate in post-season team or individual competitions for any remaining winter/spring sports.
We feel for all of our students whose semester, year, and in some cases, collegiate athletic careers have been cut short. And we certainly understand the disappointment that will be felt by our students, coaches, and many more in our extended community. However we must be guided by what is best for the health and safety of all.
Additionally, based on University guidance limiting travel and any large-scale gatherings, we will be looking at options that include postponing, moving to virtual, or cancelling any on-campus alumni events for the foreseeable future. You will be hearing from the Harvard Varsity Club directly regarding specific events soon.
All of you, as Friends and fans of Harvard Athletics, are an important resource and we hope we can count on your help as we navigate these unchartered waters.
This is a moment of challenge for us all, and yet I know we will all be stronger for it. We are grateful for everything you do.
-- Your Team for Life --