The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced this afternoon the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 winter sport season as well as the entire spring season. This decision is in response to Governor Whitmer’s executive order to close school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
Although this decision was expected and necessary given the COVID-19 pandemic and executive order, it doesn’t lessen the feelings of disappointment, heartbreak, and sadness we feel for our student athletes. My parents reminded me last week how upset I would get when one of my games was canceled in high school. An entire season? Absolutely devastating. I feel for the parents and coaches who delivered that news today.
We know the primary purpose of interscholastic athletics is to teach life skills not so easily learned in the classroom. Whether it was a senior who was ready to put on their cleats with their classmates for the last time or a 6th grader trying out a sport for the first time, there were so many great things on the horizon for our students over the next two months. We’ve all learned a great deal over the past three weeks, and although it might take us some time to sort out, I’m confident that we’re going to be better as a result.
Athletics have a way of healing and bringing people together, and I can’t wait for the next opportunity for our HPS family to come together as one. For now, it’s okay to be sad for the students who don’t get to compete this season. We are going to get through this, we are going to be back on the fields again, and the HPS community will be back cheering on our student athletes.
Holland Public Schools