The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Athletics Department has made the tough decision to cancel the remainder of the 2021-22 basketball season and the Spring 2022 season for track & field, citing the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the United States and territories. 

“The safety and health of our student athletes, coaches, and staff will always be our top priority,” said Dr. Jerel Drew, director of Athletics. “After careful consideration, we felt this would be the best decision given the current circumstances” 

An average of more than 750,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported every day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. This month, the U.S. reached a new pandemic high of COVID-19 hospitalizations while cases in the territory continue to spike. Those numbers led UVI Athletics to the conclusion that the risks of continuing sports in the spring were far too great for student-athletes and coaches. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link.