The Illinois High School Association is working on gaining control back over the resumption of sports and activities. Over the last week, rumors have started to go online and through social media of there being protests and demonstrations in Chicago, Champaign, and Springfield in an effort to bring awareness to high school sports returning. Most states around the midwest are playing a modified fall schedule. The only state that is in the midwest that is playing football in the spring is Minnesota.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson sent a letter to Governor Pritzker and Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz asking for permission for the IHSA and its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to resume control over IHSA sports and activities. Anderson says that rumors on social media are just that. Rumors. He says that there have been no discussions or timelines for resuming sports at this time. Anderson added that should he receive a good response from the Governor’s office, it could result in the IHSA looking at sports again in the fall.
The letter went on to praise Governor Pritzker for attaining a low COVID-19 rate in the State. Anderson went on to say that the IHSA has no involvement with any of the protests or activities that were scheduled for the weekend. They asked for all attendees to be safe, smart, and respectful.
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Here is the full response from the IHSA.
“With support from the IHSA Board of Directors, I issued a letter on September 10 to Governor Pritzker and Deputy Governor Ruiz, that seeks permission for the IHSA and its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to resume control over determining the resumption of IHSA sports and activities. However, the content of that letter has been greatly misconstrued on social media in a short amount of time. There have been no discussions, let alone proposed timelines, for resuming any sports at this time. Should our office receive a positive response from government officials, it could result in the IHSA reexamining its previously released season schedules, as well as postseason schedules, for the 2020-21 school year.
It is important to note that, under the leadership of Governor Pritzker, Illinois has attained one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. Additionally, several surrounding states have successfully conducted sports categorized as medium and high risk here in Illinois, and we believe sports and activities are safest when conducted under the IHSA safety protocols by school personnel. Those combined factors led us to issue this letter, and we will respectfully await response to it.
The IHSA is not involved in any planned protests this weekend related to high school sports. If protests occur, we encourage all attendees to be safe, smart and respectful.”