HLGU Athletic Director's statement on COVID-19

By JASON NICHOLS
HLGU Athletic Director
Special to the Courier-Post
Posted: Mar. 16, 2020 3:33 pm Updated: Mar. 16, 2020 3:36 pm

HLGU Student-Athletes,

I'm sure many of you are still processing the major announcement that took place last Friday, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.  First of all, I'm so sorry your student-athlete experience took a turn no one expected.   For spring sport student-athletes, it pains me to think you won't have an opportunity to use your talents and many months of preparation for your upcoming season.  My heart goes out most to the seniors, the many who may have missed their last opportunity to enjoy and compete in their final season.  Just a few minutes ago, the NAIA officially announced "In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent."  I realize this doesn't change the situation for graduating seniors, but it does provide an option for some fifth-year seniors.

I want you to know the decision the presidents of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) made was a difficult one, yet one that takes into account the health, well-being, and safety of every AMC student-athlete.  The decision is also based on the commitment that HLGU is compelled to do its part in helping to curtail the spread of this virus, especially to those most vulnerable.  Institutionally, this is a very practical approach of what it means for a Christian university to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) As a Christ-centered institution, that extends fully to why we exist as an athletic department.  I want to encourage you that our infinitely wise and powerful God promises "that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28). He is worthy of our trust, and the Lord "will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3)

I realize this didn't answer all of your questions and likely many remain.  Please be assured the HLGU Administration, of which I am a part, will be working tirelessly to make decisions that are in the best interests of all students and the institution.  I will continue to communicate regularly with each of your coaches regarding new information to share going forward.  In closing, when adversity comes, it can take you further from God or closer to Him.  My prayer is that this draws you closer to the Lord Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose again for all who would put their hope and trust in Him.

The campus remains open and we're whole-heartedly committed to maximizing the rest of the semester in a way that builds excitement and anticipation for kicking off Trojan athletics once again next fall!   In the meantime, do check the main website www.hlg.edu for the most current updates regarding classes, residential housing, etc.  

 

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