Petitions have been signed and now athletes, coaches and members of the community can speak to administrators of the Maricopa Community College District via an online forum about the recommendation from school presidents to suspend athletics in 2020-21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The district announced today the virtual community forums will be held July 8 and 9 between 5 and 6 p.m. Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, interim chancellor, will preside over the meeting. Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, director of community engagement for the district, will be the event moderator.
Former @CHSTucsonTrojan hoops guard @theonephilippek & @sabinobatcats catcher @BraydenGraham10 2 of 16 So. AZ athletes on rosters of schools in Maricopa Community College District, which may postpone athletics in 2020-21. They discuss their situations: https://t.co/pboYfnCAUn
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) June 29, 2020
A total of 18 Southern Arizona athletes who either already attend schools or were recruited this year to compete in the Maricopa Community College District have their academic and athletic endeavors in limbo.
The 10 schools in the district are Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. Rio Salado does not have an athletic program and sports offered at the other schools vary.
Pima Community College athletic director Jim Monaco said last week that the school will wait for the decision from the Maricopa Community College District before proceeding with plans for the 2020-21 season.
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