A note from Andrew Ehling, NMHU Director of Athletics:

Dear Cowboy and Cowgirl Family,

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.

Like so many others, we’re fielding questions about the health and safety of our student athletes during this tumultuous time, and I wanted to let you know directly what is going on.

I’m thrilled to share that our out-of-state students have arrived on campus and are currently serving the required 14-day travel self-isolation period put forth by our governor.

We’ve spent a great deal of time educating our student-athletes on all the proper COVID-19 protocols including wearing face covering, social distancing, and sanitizing often. This will be an ongoing effort to assure we are keeping all students, campus, and community safe.

There’s a lot of literature concerning mental health and well-being of student-athletes during these times largely due to the lack of being part of a team.

Highlands has been no exception and the excitement of our student-athletes is off the charts as they’ve arrived to campus. It’s very refreshing to see our student-athletes so happy to be here and can’t wait to get to a regular routine after self-isolation.

If you haven’t heard, the NCAA DII decided to cancel fall championships and the RMAC will be postponing fall sports except cross country to the spring.

Here is my response:

Our focus has been and always will be the mental and physical development and well-being of our student-athletes. Learning to deal with adversity is definitely part of a student-athlete’s development.

For many of our student-athletes, the adversity of the current situation may be the hardest thing they have experienced.

We are here to support our student-athletes through these times.

I also acknowledge these recent decisions bring with them many questions.

Our goal is to provide updates and clarification in as timely a manner as possible given the fluid nature of the current situation.

NMHU Athletics will continue to monitor the situation and assure we are putting our student-athletes in a successful and safe situation as we prepare for competition in the spring.

Our coaches and student-athletes had a choice on how to react to these decisions. Their response couldn’t have been more positive.

We are taking this as an opportunity to get better this fall and prepare for the spring. I couldn’t be more proud of the stance of our coaches and student-athletes are taking and I can’t wait to see our teams compete this spring.

If you’d like to help our Cowboys and Cowgirls, here’s a link for online donations:
https://nmhufoundation.org/student-athletes-2020

or checks can be mailed to NMHU Foundation, Box 900, Las Vegas, NM 87701 with “For Athletics” in the memo line.

I appreciate your consideration of providing a gift to Highlands. Now more than ever, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact to our student-athlete’s life.

We still have many challenges ahead but feel comfort that we have such supportive alumni and friends.

Go Highlands!

Andrew Ehling
Director of Athletics