Saturday, February 24, 2024

W&M cancels ‘athletics-related’ activities in response to coronavirus

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

All athletics-related activities at William & Mary have been cancelled until further notice in response to the developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The announcement was made Thursday.

“The current focus of the Athletics Department is ensuring all our student-athletes are in safe and secure locations,” according to a statement released by the college. “Moving forward, it will base all decisions around the four main goals of the university: safeguarding the heath of students, staff and community; ensuring students complete their classes; maintaining the university’s basic operations; and joining in the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The college late Wednesday also announced that all in-person classes are suspended with classes beginning again online or remotely on March 23. Courses that are already online will continue as scheduled. Students are encouraged to return home or stay home.

Additionally, W&M is canceling all university-sponsored travel and events.

The university’s response and the latest updates are available at


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

Related Articles