Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Lions Club has officially canceled the 74th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament due to COVID-19.
The Juneau Lions Club made the following announcement:
"One of the most cherished sectors that the Juneau Lions Club serves during the Gold Medal basketball tournament is also the very population that needs the most protection: our elders.
As we have noted, the Juneau Lions Club doesn’t want to unintentionally put anyone in harm’s way, and it is for that reason that we are canceling the tournament.
We want to thank each and every point of contact who responded to the initial email that was sent on Wednesday. Your comments were heartfelt and appreciated.
For the teams that have already mailed in your team fees, those checks were never deposited and will be returned, as soon as possible.
As we close this season, we pray for health, protection, and blessings on each and every one of you, and thank you for your understanding. This decision was difficult but necessary. We hope for an exciting tournament next year! In Lionism."