International All Star Championship
At Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. We are diligently monitoring the Coronavirus and closely watching official information from health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”) as it relates to our larger community and our events, camps and competitions. We are also taking proactive, preventative measures for all of our employees. General adoption of best practices as advised by the CDC is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness.
Due to the fact that the Walt Disney World Resort is not closing the Theme Parks until March 16, we will continue to host the UCA International All Star Championship with the precautionary measures we have put into place. We hope you understand how quickly the situation has been evolving over the last few hours. Because so many of our teams have worked so hard and have already arrived in Florida, we are going to proceed with our isolated competition format as planned with the event ending Saturday evening. The following precautionary measures were announced earlier today to significantly reduce the number of people in the venues and large crowds in general:
For those who have not yet checked into your Disney hotel or picked up your commuter tickets, if you choose to cancel, although we are bound to Walt Disney World’s cancellation policies, we – Varsity Spirit will be issuing you a full refund. If you choose to cancel, please contact your registration specialist. If you have already checked into your Disney hotel, picked up your tickets and have used them at the Theme Parks and decide to leave early based on the recent developments, we – Varsity Spirit will be fully refunding any unused portion of your package. The Theme Parks will be open until the close of business Sunday for you to enjoy if you choose to do so with your teams.
Further, as part of the Walt Disney World’s Resort commitment to the health and safety of guests, Cast Members, and the larger community, Disney, as a part of its every day operations, has high standards for sanitation and employs robust cleaning procedures. Read more on park cleanliness and minimizing the spread of illness here.
Recently, the Florida Department of Health advised all individuals traveling into the state of Florida from a level 3 CDC Country a mandatory 14-day self-isolation (among other preventive measures). They also advised all individuals traveling into the state of Florida from a level 2 CDC Country to limit interactions with others for 14 days once they arrive in the United States. Given this development, participants from China, Korea (Level 3) and Japan (Level 2) will not be attending the UCA All Star Championship in Orlando on March 14-15. While we will miss the participants from these countries, we believe this is the best course of action. We will continue to keep you updated with any new information.
If you are attending an upcoming Varsity Spirit event:
Coaches are encouraged to monitor their athletes for signs and symptoms of illness and to make adjustments as necessary to prevent spreading any illness to others. Teams should bring additional hand sanitizer, wipes and tissues.
Protect yourself and your athletes by practicing excellent personal hygiene. Remember to:
For additional information, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
Please keep this link for updates, and share with athletes, families and friends: https://www.varsity.com/uca/health-update/.
Thank you for being part of the Varsity Spirit family. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
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