White urges people to stay home
UCF athletics director Danny White is urging people to practice social distancing and stay home in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
White posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon asking fans to help fight the spread of the disease.
“Hey Knight Nation, coming to you from my house. We’re practicing social distancing. Staying safe and healthy with my family,” White said in the 51-second message.
“But I want to talk to you today about conquering this virus. We’ve won a lot of championships over the years here at UCF, and your investment and pride and ownership of this athletics department has been a big part of that. Now I want you to focus on beating this virus. Let’s win this championship.
“Stay safe, stay home and practice social distancing. Let’s listen to the experts; the smartest people in the world are telling us what to do. We know the game plan; now let’s execute it. Go Knights and Charge On!”
There were more than 100,000 positive coronavirus cases across the country as of Friday evening, including 2,900 cases in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health.
White also took a moment to hail the hire of Alex Cartwright as the university’s new president.
“I would like to welcome and congratulate the Cartwright family: Alex and Melinda. Alex was confirmed today by our board of governors,” White said. “I appreciate their leadership in helping us attract a world-class leader for the future of UCF.”