Dear Hope Athletics Community,
As we get ready to start spring semester, we are excited about the opportunities it brings for our student-athletes and coaches. Last week, we experienced the highs and lows in athletics as we continue to navigate living in a pandemic with little to no control over the virus and the situations it creates.
We were excited as our women’s basketball team, our track and field teams, and our swimming and diving teams competed in their first contests of the 2020-21 school year. While we celebrated that, we dealt with the blow of having to pause activities for our men’s basketball program due to COVID-19 protocols. This will be the reality of athletics during this semester. We will need to be flexible and adaptable to any and all situations.
With the start of the new semester, we want to remind you of our goals for the Hope community. First and foremost, we want to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Second, we are working toward keeping the Hope student body on campus for the full semester. Third and finally, we want to compete as much as possible. We will use these goals to guide us in each and every decision we make this semester in athletics.
We know that this is not what any of us had hoped for but we are confident that we can still provide transformational experiences for our student-athletes at Hope. I ask you to pray for our community and our country. We are grateful for you, our fans and supporters, and hope that you continue to find peace in knowing that our Savior, Jesus Christ is on the throne and holds each of us in all situations.
Tim Schoonveld, Director of Athletics