White urges peo­ple to stay home

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Weekend - By Matt Murschel mmurschel@or­lan­dosen­tinel.com

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.”

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