That is an thrilling week in Lapeer County and throughout Michigan as Friday evening highschool soccer resumes, as will quickly a number of different fall sports activities together with ladies volleyball, boys soccer and swim and dive competitors. It’s a welcome little bit of normalcy in a 12 months that’s been turned the wrong way up due to COVID- 19.
The return of sports activities calls for lots of belief — belief that the athletes are carrying face masks each time secure distancing isn’t doable, that they’re their associates aren’t assembling in massive numbers in enclosed areas the place the potential to unfold COVID-19 is elevated and belief that athletic administrators and faculty districts are doing all the pieces they’ll to make sure their athletes, their households and communities are secure.
We commend athletic administrators, teaching staffs, trainers, the athletes and their mother and father for understanding that the well being and well-being of their college students is high precedence at a time when new circumstances of COVID-19 are nonetheless being reported each week in Lapeer County and in Michigan. It’s not a time to be dismissive of circumstances in our group, the state and nation as athletes share houses and relationships with household — together with mother and father, grandparents and others who might have pre-existing well being circumstances that will make them extra inclined to COVID-19 an infection. But, it’s additionally time for younger individuals to have enjoyable — together with on the apply and competitors fields and swimming swimming pools the place athletics performs an necessary function of their improvement, their vanity and their id.
We want native athletes a secure and enjoyable fall sports activities season, understanding that even in the course of the unprecedented instances we’re dwelling that they’ll nonetheless carry out and symbolize their colleges and their hometowns with satisfaction and dignity.