USF cancels weekend’s events over concerns for athletes, fire victims

Working with the West Coast Conference, the University of San Francisco has canceled this weekend’s men’s and women’s soccer games, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

USF’s event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Title IX, which also will honor the university’s first woman national champion Charlotte Taylor, has been called off as well.

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“We are very concerned and committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in the Bay Area that has been affected by the tragic wildfires in the North Bay,” said Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell. “After careful consideration with University officials and the West Coast Conference of all the factors that go in to postponing contests and outdoor activities, we made the decision to not play our scheduled contests this weekend vs. Pacific and BYU. The safety and well-being of our students who are athletes was first and foremost in our decision. There have been so many people affected we believed it was the right thing to postpone these activities to keep the focus on supporting our neighbors and their families to the North Bay. We will continue to monitor the crisis and be of assistance in any way possible during this difficult time in the Bay Area.”

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