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BYU cancels summer sport camps due to COVID-19

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 13, 2020 at 10:15 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 13, 2020 at 1:08 p.m.



PROVO — BYU’s campus suffered another casualty of COVID-19 Monday afternoon.

On Monday, the university and its athletic department issued a prepared statement announcing that all summer workshops, camps and similar off-semester activities have been canceled through Aug. 13.

The dates include all summer sports camps, which have routinely been used as an avenue for BYU student-athletes to work as “counselors” in teaching skills of basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports to local and traveling youth.

“The main priority continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our participants, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff,” the statement reads.

“Those registered for sports camps that are canceled will have the option of a full refund or a credit towards a future BYU sports camp.”

Additional instructions will be available via email. Questions or concerns can be sent to the university via email at sportscamps@byu.edu.

BYU offered camps in basketball, baseball, cheer, cross country, diving, dance, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, as well as special sessions in sports psychology, a fathers and sons camp, and a “cubs” version of various sports for children under 12 years of age. Many of those camps began as early as June 1.

Counselors received $315 per week, as well as housing, food and board during the duration of the camp they worked. Many student-athletes even worked as counselors while they met with their teams for summer conditioning and into the beginning of preseason training camps.

Earlier Monday, the university’s sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the postponement of all For the Strength of Youth conferences until 2021. BYU was previously set to support FSY events, which include activities, devotionals and classes for youth to grow spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually, according to a news release from the church.

The university had already converted its annual women's conference, scheduled to begin May 1, to a digital event. The school's other large-scale summer education week is scheduled to run Aug. 17-21. Registration for that event had been pushed back to May 7.

Like most universities around the country, BYU had already canceled spring sports and suspended spring football practices through the end of the session, and was adjusting to an online-only curriculum for classroom instruction.

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