Editor's note: This story first appeared in the spring 2021 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor Special Magazine Edition.

The pandemic produced an athletics season unlike any other this year for Cardinal athletes.

With limited fall schedules and all post-season play moved to spring, all 25 of CUAA’s athletic programs overlapped at one point or another during the spring 2021 semester.
Teams stayed safely suited up for competition through the implementation of extra safety measures: practicing in pods, continuous symptom tracking, physical distancing, and wearing masks.

A partnership with CUW professors Bob Burlage, PharmD, and Justin Speck, PhD, gave CUAA athletics a source for regular, proactive PCR screening (i.e., the “gold standard” for asymptomatic testing). For many weeks, Ann Arbor overnighted tests to the CUW experts, allowing for quicker results and the green light needed to compete within the state of Michigan.

Here’s a snapshot of the Cardinal’s jam-packed spring 2021 athletics season.

Follow along with CUAA athletics at concordiacardinals.com.

The spring/summer 2021 Hearts Together magazine hit mailboxes in early April. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email Jennifer.Hackmann@cuaa.edu.

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