Let’s stay positive during difficult time
This past week has been a wild one.
The concerns of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as led to the NCAA canceling its winter and spring championships, and it’s led to the NBA and MLB postponing the start of their seasons.
The Gulf South Conference has postponed all athletic events indefinitely, and the junior colleges in Mississippi have suspended their play until Mar. 30. The Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Independent School are monitoring things closely.
I hate it for these young athletes. At Delta State University, the women’s basketball team was set to compete in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament, and the men’s and women’ s swim teams were in the middle of competing in the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. the men’s team was second after the first day, and Emanuel Fava had won the 200-yard individual medley.
The DSU men’s tennis team was a perfect a 9-0 and the golf team was in the middle of a great year as they were ranked 14th in the nation in the Golfstat rankings.
The women’s tennis team, softball team and men’s baseball team were all in the middle of their seasons.
I imagine it’s very discouraging and disheartening that the world has just stopped for these athletes and coaches as well as the fans that follow these players and teams.
I will say I feel the decisions made by these organizations are in the best interest of everyone in this country and this world. The health and well being of everyone around us is far more important in the long run than any of these events. It’s tough to imagine what would happen if you or your loved ones got sick and you know it could have been prevented.
My thoughts and prayers go to all the nurses and doctors that are working in hospitals as well as anyone involved in the healthcare industry as they are working hard to find ways to fight this virus and all the viruses we have to deal with.
I pray for the teachers and administrators at every educational institution out there who have to make the adjustments necessary to make sure students can still get their education during this time. I pray for all the students as they prep for the rest of the year and try to stay safe and healthy during their travels over spring break.
My heart goes out to everyone in my profession which is journalism. Everyone I work with and know in this profession takes their job seriously at being truthful and accurate. They work hard to gather this information on this virus to inform the public of how they need to handle things in regard to this virus. I’ve never been more proud to work alongside reporter Kevin Edwards and managing editor Denise Strub, as they are always on the phone trying to gather whatever information they can to get to the public.
The biggest thing I would like to suggest to everyone right now is to be thankful. Enjoy every moment you can with the people nearest and dearest in your lives. Also, be prayerful and helpful to the ones in need when possible.
The world seems to be in chaos, but we’ll get through it. Let’s stay strong and be positive. I have to say this, God is in control. We will make it through.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.