NAPERVILLE (WEEK) -- Fall sports for Illinois Wesleyan and other CCIW schools have been postponed.
A decision on a start date for winter sports has not yet been made.
"This decision was a very difficult one, both for the CCIW conference and for Illinois Wesleyan," Illinois Wesleyan President S. Georgia Nugent said."
"We recognize how disappointing it will be for our student-athletes not to have conference competition this fall. But we must put safety first, and the CCIW presidents, after many hours of deliberation, believe this is the right decision, in light of the heightened risk that travel and competition present."
According to a release from the CCIW, they cite the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges for their institutions and communities.
"The highest priority at each institution is the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and campus communities and intercollegiate athletics continues to pose a significant increased risk."
They also say the CCIW COP has charged the conference staff with exploring competition opportunities for cross country, football, soccer and volleyball in the spring, while maintaining conference competition for all spring sports including golf and tennis.
Illinois Wesleyan said despite the CCIW conference-wide decision, they are exploring different ways of providing its student-athletes with meaningful opportunities to engage with their teammates, coaches, and support staff.