Athletic competition suspended at College of the Ozarks and School of the Ozarks

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POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks (C of O) has announced they will suspend all athletic competition for the College and high school for fall 2020 due to concerns involving COVID-19.

“The College’s goal is to remain in session throughout the fall semester,” said Jerry C. Davis, president of C of O. “Therefore, we have to minimize risk to the campus. Because of the residential nature of our campus, we cannot participate in activities that put our students at risk.”

C of O Public Relations director Valorie Coleman says canceling fall sports in 2020 was a difficult choice.

“This is not an easy decision,” said Coleman. “These are not fun decisions, but our number one priority is the education of our students and the safety of our students.”

The College of the Ozarks has some success with the last few weeks of their summer work program because it could control how many students were on campus and for how long. When the college factored in all of the variables for the fall, it chose to suspend sports activities for the time being.

“We had approximately half of our student body who were able to come through and work to offset the cost of their room and board for this coming semester,” said Coleman.

Though these precautions are for the college as a whole, Coleman says she feels deeply for the athletes who won’t be able to do what they love.

“It’s sad for our student athletes,” said Coleman. “They work hard. They perform well. We have a successful athletic program here, so our hearts go out to them.”

The College said they plan to resume athletic competitions as soon as it is safe.

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