Sabbath observance gets athletes attention

BYU is a unique school. It is ranked as the top “Stone Cold Sober School” by the Princeton Review — and none of its athletes perform on Sunday.

The mission statement of BYU athletics is “to conduct the athletics program in a manner that will develop student-athletes of excellence in academics, athletics, faith and character, and to contribute to the mission of the LDS Church through the visibility of our positive example and our accomplishments.”

Part of that example includes honoring the Sabbath Day, and in 2010 several BYU teams and athletes made news by declining to play sports on Sunday. In April The New York Times and other news organizations took notice of the BYU women’s rugby team decision to withdraw from a national championship tournament instead of playing on Sunday.

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