Another #LetThemPlay rally is set to take place in the state of Michigan, this time it’s goal is to save the winter and spring sports seasons.
This event is scheduled after Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that they are extending some of the state’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Those restrictions that are in effect are towards ‘full-contact’ competition for high school sports, excluding bowling, gymnastics, swimming and skiing. The teams can start practice, but they can’t go full-contact. Whitmer stated that contact sports are considered ‘too risky’ due to a new ‘variant’ of the virus being discovered in downstate Michigan, which she believes it is more contagious than the virus that has been around Michigan since last Spring.
The order is now set to expire in the middle of February.
According to the event’s page on Facebook, their goal is to have every student athlete’s voice speak out hoping to convince the governor, the MDHHS, and the MHSAA to get their seasons back.
Group founder Jayme McElvany said the rally had to be scheduled after hearing the announcement. The group is also pursing legal action against the governor and MDHHS for those restrictions.
“If we don’t do it now, it’s now or never for these kids,” McElvany said to Jack Hall and RRN Sports Monday. “It’s now or never for their sports, now or never for their mental health to even be able to recover from this, because they’re giving up. The kids are giving up all hope.”
The third rally for the 2020-21 school year is set for this Saturday, January 30, and it will go from 12 pm to 3 pm EST. The event will happen rain, snow or shine.
They also have encouraged those athletes, parents, coaches and administrators that are attending to wear masks and not bring any type of political signs or flags.