Spartans Return to Competition

AU Spartan Athletes

Spartans returned to athletic competition in January for the first time in 10 months after the pandemic had put a halt to intercollegiate games. Women’s bowling was the first team to return to play, followed by men’s and women’s hockey and basketball.

All winter and fall sports including football, soccer, and volleyball played condensed schedules. Spartan athletes adhered to pandemic protocols, taking part in surveillance testing, mask wearing, and hand washing, and following other safety precautions. Plans called for a full schedule for spring sports including lacrosse, softball, and baseball.

“It’s been a long journey to get back to competition,” said Jim Hamad, vice president for athletics. “We are thrilled to resume our quest for championships, but with an increased focus on the health and safety of all in the Spartan family.”