The Middle Atlantic Conference announced today it has made the decision to suspend all intercollegiate athletics competition through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Located in Annville, the Middle Atlantic Conference covers 18 institutions and more than 7,000 student athletes, across three states, including Albright College and Alvernia University locally.

“This decision was very difficult, as we know how deep the love of the game is for our student-athletes and that intercollegiate events are an important part of campus life for our entire community,” said Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Chair of MAC President’s Council and Hood College President.

“However, we are confident that our coaches and athletic staff will work with the students to build an engaging athletic experience for our student-athletes while mitigating the risk of COVID-19.”

According to MAC, the presidents, athletics directors and the MAC COVID-19 Advisory Group will continue to evaluate the athletics landscape throughout the 2020-21 academic year to address developing league-wide and institutional personal and professional development programming.

In addition, the MAC COVID-19 Advisory Group will address implementing league-wide and campus safety measures for practices and competitions when they do occur, engaging fall, winter and spring sport student-athletes in the fall term with coaches following all institutional, local and national health and safety guidelines, shifting fall sport competitive seasons to the spring, insofar as possible, and scheduling winter sports competition beginning in 2021.