NJCAA expected to move fall sports to spring 2021, over 25 Illinois colleges to impacted

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Parkland College in Champaign  is one of several colleges in Illinois expected to have their fall sports seasons moved to spring 2021 on Monday, when the National Junior College Athletic Assocation (NJCAA) is expected to shift seasons for the sport.

The NJCAA’s presidential advisory council made the recommendation on Thursday that a “majority” of athletics be moved to the spring.

According to a report from The Athletic, NJCAA’s spring schedule would be an eight-game stretch running from March to the end of May next year.

“We must adjust accordingly to support and sustain NJCAA programs,” NJCAA president Christopher Parker said in a statement.  “The association as a whole is collectively working to provide the best opportunities to be successful on and off the field for our student-athletes.”

The announcement is expected to make a huge impact economically across the nation in college towns. The NJCAA canceled the Division II Men’s National Basketball Championship last March when COVID-19 first shutdown the nation. The event was scheduled to take place in Danville, IL. According to the Visitor’s Bureau, the event alone was expected to generate upwards of $1.5 million dollars in revenue for Danville area and is one of it’s top three income generating events for the entire year.

Schools in Illinois that are a member of the NJCAA include:

  • Black Hawk College-Moline Braves in Moline
  • Carl Sandburg College Chargers in Galesburg
  • College of Lake County Lancers in Grayslake
  • Danville Area Community College Jaguars in Danville
  • Elgin Community College Spartans in Elgin
  • Heartland Community College Hawks in Normal
  • Illinois Central College Cougars in East Peoria
  • Illinois Valley Community College Eagles in Oglesby
  • John Wood Community College Trail Blazers in Quincy
  • Kishwaukee College Kougars in Malta
  • Lewis & Clark Community College Trailblazers in Godfrey
  • Lincoln Land Community College Loggers in Springfield
  • McHenry County College Scots in Crystal Lake
  • Moraine Valley Community College Cyclones in Palos Hills
  • Morton College Panthers in Cicero
  • Oakton Community College Raiders in Des Plaines
  • Olive-Harvey College Panthers in Chicago
  • Parkland College Cobras in Champaign
  • Prairie State College Pioneers in Chicago Heights
  • Rend Lake College Warriors in Ina
  • Sauk Valley Community College Skyhawks in Dixon
  • Shawnee Community College Saints in Ullin
  • South Suburban College Bulldogs in South Holland
  • Spoon River College Mudcats in Canton
  • Triton College Trojans in River Grove
  • Waubonsee Community College Chiefs in Sugar Grove
  • Wilbur Wright College Rams in Chicago

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