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RDC and entire ACAC sports programs call off 2020 / 2021 seasons

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From Red Deer College

Members withdraw from remainder of 2020/2021 Athletics season

After careful deliberation, RDC and all post-secondary institutions that participate in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) have collectively made the difficult decision to withdraw from the remainder of the ACAC 2020/2021 season. For RDC’s Kings and Queens this includes not participating in exhibition and conference games.

“While we were hopeful that the RDC Kings and Queens could safely play during the Winter Term, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has created a highly unpredictable and precarious situation. If competition proceeded, student-athletes would be in contact with dozens of new opponents each week from different cities around the province and beyond, and we don’t want to introduce that elevated risk of potential exposure,” says RDC President Dr. Peter Nunoda.

“We understand the disappointment that this announcement may cause, but the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff, and all other members of our campus community – as well as those at our partner institutions across the province – remain paramount in this decision.”

The ACAC is a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), which collaborated with its conferences and announced on Oct. 21 the cancellation of Winter Term CCAA National Championships due to COVID-19. The CCAA news followed the announcement made by U Sports, the national governing body of university sports, on Oct. 15 to cancel its Winter 2021 National Championships.

“We will continue to monitor the circumstances of the pandemic and collaborate with the ACAC and its members during the next several months,” says Nunoda. “We hope that the RDC Kings and Queens, and all members of the conference, are able to safely return to competition for the 2021/2022 season. Our coaches and staff will remain highly connected with the student-athletes, whether they reside in Red Deer or elsewhere.”

Based on current Alberta Health Services (AHS) and RDC protocols, RDC student-athletes will be able to continue to participate in voluntary training as part of their team cohort at the College during the months ahead. Or, if they choose, the Kings and Queens may individually follow their coach’s training regimen and recommendations in their hometowns.

“We know this season did not unfold as anticipated, and I especially empathize with our dedicated student-athletes and coaches who take a tremendous amount of pride representing Red Deer College during competition, and in their volunteer and leadership roles in the surrounding communities,” says Nunoda.

“We appreciate the support for the student-athletes and RDC Athletics from the College community, central Alberta, and family, friends and alumni across Canada and globe. We will continue to offer support and a variety of resources to our Kings and Queens, along with those staff members who are also affected by the cancellation of the rest of the ACAC season.”

While there are no Kings and Queens games and competitions to attend this season, there are several ways that the public can show support for Red Deer College student-athletes. They can encourage our student-athletes on @rdcathletics social media and celebrate our Athletics alumni.

Learn more about how we are working together to “fill the stands” through initiatives like Take a Seat. To learn more about all of the ways that you can give to support student-athletes, email [email protected]

For more information about RDC Athletics and its teams, along with athletics announcements, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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When Sports Stopped – Timely new exhibit at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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New feature exhibit examines “When Sports Stopped.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Albertans have been adapting to one change after another with little idea when things will return to “normal”. We are living through a historic time. It began with the closing of museums, schools and daycares – forcing families to stay home and employers to accommodate employees working from home. Soon after we saw the closure of businesses and non-essential stores – once more pushing us to stay home and stay safe. Then came the cancellation of sports – from minor leagues where our children competed, to the profeissional leagues suspending play. This was a shock to our systems as we were gearing up for NHL and NBA playoffs and MLB pre-season games.

“I was just about to return to work from my maternity leave when COVID struck and sports stopped. It made me stop and think about what other global events have caused sports to stop? If I was asking these questions then so were many other people.” Comments Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator. “I came back to work in May with this exhibit already forming in my mind. It got pushed back as we had bigger priorities when I first returned, so seeing it all come together seven months later is a great feeling.”

This new exhibition examines the effects of global events from the Spanish Flu through both World Wars and right up to COVID had on sports. It may seem likely that the postponement of the Utah Jazz – Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game just minutes before tip-off due to Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID test and the subsequent suspension of many professional leagues was a new occurrence. This exhibit highlights multiple past occurrences where international events have brought a stop to sports.

This exhibition is expected to be on display in the museum’s main gallery starting November 20, 2020. Be sure to stop in and see it for yourself.

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Celebrating Veterans Week 2020 at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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In honour of Veterans Week 2020 and the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame would like to highlight some of our Honoured Members who served in the armed forces, and those who stepped up to fill the roles left behind by our men in uniform.

We have set up several of our panels from a past exhibit “Victory on the Field” in our lobby, which more closely looks at sports’ response to the wars, as well as the rise of women’s sports due to men being called overseas to fight.

This mini-exhibition is available to view free of charge for all visitors and reflects on the impact of the two world wars.

The November “Artifact of the Month” has ties to wartime sports as well. This wool sweater belonged to Helen (Northup) Alexander c. 1939 of the famous Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball team, who were World Champions from 1937 -1940. They were forced to disband in 1940 when the Edmonton Arena was taken over by the Royal Canadian Air Force, leaving the Grads with nowhere to play.


Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as from November 5-12 we will showcase six different Honoured Members who were connected to the Second World War.

From soldiers fighting on the front lines, women who embraced sports for entertainment left vacant by the war efforts, to citizens displaced due to their heritage, each of them gave something of themselves as a result of the war.

The board and staff of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum are proud of all our brave men and women who fight and have fought for our freedom and safety both at home and abroad.

Lest we Forget.

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