GW Statement Regarding Cancellation of Remaining Women's Softball Games, Competition to Resume Next Season
March 25, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - After consultation with the team physician and athletic training staff on Monday, athletic department officials found it necessary to suspend the remainder of the women's softball season because the University does not have enough healthy players in key positions to safely complete the spring season. Officials discussed this matter immediately with the team members, and the decision has been communicated to parents, the A-10 league office, and other A-10 athletic departments and softball teams. We regret having to make this decision, but the health and well-being of our players is always of paramount concern and had to prevail in this instance.
As a separate matter, The George Washington University senior administration had earlier been made aware of some allegations raised by the women's softball team. The University administration is deeply concerned about those allegations and is devoting close attention to them. The University is committed to a prompt, thorough and objective review of those allegations. Thus the University, through its Office of General Counsel, has engaged an experienced independent sports attorney to fully review those allegations. That review is ongoing and will be completed as soon as possible, in light of the additional goals of being comprehensive and fair to all concerned parties. Team members and others will be promptly informed if there are any actions resulting from that review that affect the status of the team or its personnel.
The decision to cancel the softball season, however, was made solely on the basis of the health and well-being of team members and usual competitive requirements, not because of the University's investigation into recent allegations. The University is committed to competing in a full Fall and Spring softball schedule next year.