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A Message from Mike Whalen '83 to the Wesleyan Athletics Community

A Message from Mike Whalen '83 to the Wesleyan Athletics Community

Dear Wesleyan University Athletics community,

I am thinking of you during these challenging times and hope you are all well. Here at Wesleyan, as you know, the University has decided to transition to remote learning and limit persons on campus due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. This, of course, includes our athletics operations, because protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority. I do not expect to resume activities until fall. I am in daily contact with and will continue to take guidance from University leadership.

By now, students have received several detailed communications from the University regarding the immediate need to leave campus if they have not already done so by Monday, March 23. Please refer to the University's coronavirus website for the latest information around these unprecedented circumstances.

As we move forward with the spring semester without sports at Wesleyan, I want to reflect on the exciting events that happened before the abrupt halt. Just a week ago, we were:

  • Sending our NESCAC champion men's ice hockey team to Babson to compete in the first round of NCAAs; 
  • Senior Caroline Murphy was about to cap her tremendous swimming career at the NCAA Championships;
  • Sophomore wrestler Marco Gaita was looking forward to finishing an incredible season at the NCAA Championships;
  • Defending national weight throw champion Ivie Uzamere '21 and first-year Grace Devanny were preparing to represent Wesleyan at the NCAA indoor track championships; and
  • Our spring sports (Baseball, M/W Crew, M/W Golf, M/W Lacrosse, Softball, M/W Tennis, and M/W Outdoor Track) were in the early stages of their respective seasons.

Canceling these activities was undoubtedly the right decision, but the sense of loss for these athletes and their many fans is real, and our hearts go out to all the 300-plus athletes whose seasons ended so abruptly. I am proud of them all.

The unexpected ending is especially difficult for our seniors in our spring sports programs and the winter student-athletes scheduled to compete in national championships this month. We keep them in mind, as their careers should not have ended this way. We plan to honor these seniors with profiles on our website and through social media during the remainder of the semester. 

On behalf of Wesleyan Athletics, I wish you and your family's health and safety in the weeks ahead. Please know that together we will move past this challenge and be stronger because of it.




Mike Whalen '83