In these unprecedented times, we feel it is necessary to reach out to all of our Empower families. We hope this finds you coping and adjusting to the new normal of our world during a global pandemic. As most of you know, we rent gym space from St. Francis Catholic school. They have been very generous and a wonderful partner in bringing the love and the experience of volleyball to many children’s lives.
As schools and organizations learn a new normal, St. Francis and other schools in the area are focusing on their student’s safety as a number one priority. Resuming a daily “in class schedule” is at the top of everyone’s list. Unfortunately, having outside use of the gyms in non-school activities becomes a non-essential and potentially liable situation. Until it is completely safe to do so, Empower will no longer be able to rent the gym at St. Francis or other area schools.
This is a widespread issue for many area clubs this season who rely on renting gyms and do not have their own gym space. We have been thinking, praying, and deliberating on the correct course of action for Empower Volleyball Club. As we see several other Club Directors making the difficult decision to suspend the 2020- 2021 season until it is safe to do so. We too have come to the difficult conclusion that
Empower Volleyball Club will be CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
Although we do not have personal confirmation, we assume there may be a small handful of Clubs that have access to private gym space and may still be able to practice and play. We want to give our players time to research and make alternative plans if possible and safe to do so. We think the players' safety is a priority and we do not want to drag the inevitable out longer than it needs to be.
It is with great sadness and tears that we end this letter.
We miss you all, stay safe, stay healthy, and see you back on the court in 2021-2022.