By Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2020

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - College students at one south Georgia campus are showing their school spirit despite the cancellation of homecoming.

Administrators at Valdosta State University pulled the plug on homecoming events scheduled for this weekend as a precaution against coronavirus infections. And the Gulf South Conference’s decision to postpone football until January meant the Valdosta State Blazers’ homecoming game got pushed back as well.

Regardless, students forged ahead with scheduled “spirit week” activities such as a sidewalk chalk art contest, a T-shirt swap day and an outdoor lunch with food trucks, WALB-TV reported.

“I was devastated,” said Valdosta State junior Charles Griffin. “I really enjoy homecoming, I really enjoy those vibes, I enjoy the atmosphere, the energy on campus. So we just said: ’We can’t let homecoming die. We can’t let football kill away the homecoming spirit and the Blazer spirit.’”

Valdosta State officials said in a statement that homecoming events will be rescheduled for the spring semester.

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