Saint Leo University to host training camp for the Toronto Raptors
Canada-based NBA team starts out 2020-21 season in Tampa Bay area
ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University is excited to announce the Toronto Raptors will use the university's Marion Bowman Activities Center as the site of their 2020-21 pre-season training camp. The Bowman Center, the permanent home of the Saint Leo Lions NCAA Division II basketball teams, has been unable to welcome many outside visitors since COVID-19 precautions forced a postponement of competitive college play.
The Raptors are not able to play in Toronto due to Canada-U.S. border restrictions and made the decision to temporarily relocate to Tampa, FL. The Raptors will use Saint Leo University facilities, located just a few miles north of Tampa in the town of St. Leo in Pasco County, from December 1 – 11, 2020, as they prepare for the NBA regular season.
“We are excited to host the Toronto Raptors as they prepare for the start of their 2020-21 season,” said Saint Leo University Athletic Director Francis X. Reidy. “We are thrilled the Bowman Center can be ‘We the South’ for a few weeks while the Raptors prepare to play in Tampa this season. We have an outstanding basketball facility that will allow the team to accomplish their preseason goals in a safe, secure environment.”
After opening for in-person classes in August, Saint Leo University has managed to maintain a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases among its student population and employees due to a strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions. All members of the community are asked to perform daily health checks, wear masks when in public, and practice social distancing at all times. Additionally, the campus undergoes a rigorous cleaning process daily to ensure common spaces are sanitized.
“Our university community has done exceptionally well during the pandemic. There is a culture of community here that is largely responsible for everyone following the precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Saint Leo University President Jeffrey Senese. “The Raptors can expect to be welcomed to a clean, safe, and secure facility where they can prepare for the season without any distractions. We are happy to host them at their temporary home at Saint Leo University which will allow their season to have a successful start.”
Practice for Toronto Raptors will be closed to the public. Additionally, no visitors will be permitted at the Marion Bowman Activities Center during this time.
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering 57 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to more than 18,200 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 16 education centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 98,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu.
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