The University of Virginia cancelled all athletic events Saturday amid violence between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, where UVA is based, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
The football team’s annual meet the team day, a men’s soccer exhibition match against Wright State and a showing of the movie “Beauty and the Beast” at Scott Stadium were among the events called off.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency because of the ugly situation.
Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville
— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017
Security forces have been redeployed around campus, including about 20 personnel who were relocated after originally assigned to work the soccer game. Also, security detail was posted at the entrances to the McCue Center, UVA's football facility.
“Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today (Saturday) effective at noon,” the university announced in a statement. “This cancellation includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming.The University is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.”
Cavaliers assistant football coach Robert Anae told the Times-Dispatch as he walked into the McCue Center, “This is a great place to live. This is a great community. Our players love it here. Our students love it here. And I do believe our community loves it here. This thing that’s going on right now, who can explain it, but a couple of groups that have their own agendas and doing stuff that’s not in the community’s best interest.”