After a year of keeping its student athletes off campus due to COVID-19 concerns, Long Beach City College has marked April 12 as the day the Vikings can return for outdoor conditioning and in-person instruction as part of their athletics classes.
“Long Beach City College knows that the physical well-being of athletes is dependent upon them being in shape at a level to compete,” LBCC District Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz said in an official release. “I’m happy to see that we found a way to support our student-athletes, coaches and staff while practicing our strict safety protocols.”
Late last month, the South Coast Conference (SCC) suspended its spring season, but allowed its member schools to make their own non conference schedules before the summer. LBCC opted not to do that.
“I want to commend our student-athletes who have hung tough and persevered during the past 12 months,” LBCC Interim Athletics Director Dr. Bill Husak said in the release. “Our coaches, Athletics staff and faculty have been heroic in their efforts to keep our students and athletes engaged both physically and academically during a time when we couldn’t meet in person. And our administration has always considered the safety of the College’s inhabitants in making decisions. There is now a light shining at the end of the tunnel for Vikings Athletics. Long Beach City College will again be able to offer the high-quality Athletics and Academic programs it has been so prestigiously recognized for developing and offering.”
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