For many student athletes, much of the adjustment to remote learning has included losing access to training facilities and resources, hindering their ability to stay physically and mentally fit for both themselves and for their teams. Yet in response to the shock, many coaches have gone out of their way to keep in contact with their team members, providing guidance, support and suggestions for continuing to stay active during quarantine. In some cases, training remotely does not look too different: athletes trained with familiar instructions sent from coaches.
Professor of Economics Sara LaLumia has a tradition of traveling to races with her mother: The professor usually runs a half-marathon, while her mother, who lives in Pennsylvania, runs a 5K. The pair continued that tradition recently — though this time with no travel involved — through a virtual fun run and day of physical fitness organized by Williams for Williamstown, a student-led initiative to buy food and other supplies from Berkshire businesses for medical workers in the area, and Williams Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Only a few months ago, Christopher Clarey ’86 was gearing up for tennis’ busy season. Clarey, who covers tennis and global sports for The New York Times, typically spends the warmer months bouncing back and forth across hemispheres to cover some of tennis’ biggest matches.
On Monday, the NCAA released guidelines on the process for resuming collegiate athletics following the COVID-19 pandemic. In its announcement that centered on a three-phase resocialization plan, the NCAA emphasized the importance of working with the federal government and college administrations while moving through its procedure.
It was the beginning of April, just a few weeks after Franklin Reilly ’21 returned home to Edwards, Colo. He had recently finished his winter season on the Nordic ski team and had been gearing up for a spring season running track that was ultimately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mapes has decided to withdraw from the remainder of her classes and re-enroll next spring, allowing her to play a full senior season in the Purple Valley.
COVID-19 has changed nearly every facet of college life since campuses across the country closed in March, and athletics have been no exception. Over the past month, the recruitment process of the Class of 2025 in particular has been significantly altered as colleges grapple with limits to visitations and competitions.
The Last Dance, ESPN’s 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, premiered on Sunday night. The series is directed by Jason Hehir ’98.
Remote physical education (PE) classes began this week, in an effort to allow seniors still in need of PE credit to fulfill their requirements and to provide other students with a healthy option for exercise amidst social distancing. The athletics department announced in March in an all-student email that it will continue to offer five PE classes in digital form.
Strava, FaceTime, Skype, jogging, bodyweight. The College’s athletes are keeping up team dynamics and staying fit during the pandemic over social media and with modified workouts.