For now it looks like athletes in Illinois are going to have stay sidelined. A judge in the DuPage County Court recently ruled against all the moms and dads who are fighting against the IHSA (Illinois High School Association) so that their kids can participate in sports this fall. According to WGN News, the judge said the pandemic has created extraordinary circumstances and the IHSA acted accordingly in putting a stop to sports.
The problem isn’t just happening in Illinois. Athletes in several states across the country are following suit and having their athletes sit idle, including Wisconsin where I am. Health is clearly the NCAA (National Collegiate A and IHSA’s main concern, but what about the seniors who face the possibility of never playing for their school again or high school seniors who are still trying to get recruited or earn scholarships for their sport?
“I’m honestly not too hurt about it. I understand that COVID is a big factor and not having a season gives me fewer chances to contract the virus,” said senior Eva Laun Smith, a volleyball and track athlete at Beloit College. “It sucks that I can’t play, but my health and safety comes first at the end of the day.”
Genesis Solomon, a sophomore at Beloit is a defensive back on the school’s football team. He is taking the sports cancellations in stride. “I knew that it was going to happen. It’s either we’re not going to have a football season for a while and let everything take care of itself, or have a season the following semester. I don’t feel bad about losing the season because it’s more about focusing on the main issue of our health, than throwing a football down the field.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I would much rather be healthy and safe, so I’m just gonna sit this season out.
Hey, athletes! How do you feel about losing your season or getting fall and winter sports pushed back to the spring? Hit me up and let me know.
By Jada Daniel, Sophomore, Beloit College