May 7, 2020
Dear Whomping Turtle Families,
This is not the email that Cheryl and I wanted to send to you tonight and it is with great disapppointment and sorrow that we have to share this news with you. The NVSL has made the decision to cancel the 2020 summer season for the first time in it's long history (Please read their message below). As I am sure you all understand, it was not an easy decision for the NVSL to make, but we know the safety of all the swimmers and families across the region were at the forefront of their minds.
As we all process the NVSL message below, please know that Cheryl, myself and Kelly Rose are working closely with the Highlands Board to address multiple options we are considering for our Turtles this summer and our commitment to them, as well as the safety guidelines and considerations around the opening of the pool for the summer. Please be patient as we work through those details as well as registration questions and concerns you might have. We will share information with you in regards to summer swim opportunities in the upcoming weeks as more information becomes available to us.
Senior Turtles – we will be celebrating you this summer! We know how tough this has been on you all and heartache you have endured this year. We are so proud of you and we will not let the summer go by without acknowledging you in some special way.
Dear NVSL Swimmers, Divers, Families, Volunteers and Sponsors,
Planning for the 2020 season began even as the 2019 season came to a close. We eagerly looked forward to commemorating our 65th anniversary as a league of more than 17,000 incredible swimmers and divers. As we know, the spread of the COVID-19 virus resulted in significant changes in our plans and daily lives. Despite our best efforts to gather as much information about the implications of COVID-19 to confidently hold a potential season, we have reached the difficult decision that the 2020 season must be canceled. We feel profound sadness knowing the disappointment this will cause, but the decision was made to prioritize the safety of our participants, supporters, and communities.
Over the last eight weeks, both the Executive Board and the full League Board met more than a dozen times to monitor the ongoing developments related to COVID-19. We gathered input from public health officials, as well as elected and appointed representatives from all levels of government. Most importantly, we sought input from all 102 teams through the 17 Division Coordinators. The common thread in the feedback, along with the disappointment of missing a special summer tradition, was the commitment to health and safety. The Board greatly appreciates the constructive conversations that advanced the discussion on the status of the 2020 season. We took into account as much information as we could to determine whether the League could operate in a safe and healthy way that did not put overwhelming logistical and organizational pressure on the League’s teams. The final vote of the Board in favor of cancellation was 19 in favor, 2 opposed and 3 abstentions.
Cheryl Farely and Meggie Scogna
Highlands Swim Team Reps
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