Whitmer request for pause on youth spring sports is just the latest turn

Throughout the year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put mandatory pauses on youth sports activity to mitigate COVID-19. On April 9, Whitmer asked youth sports programs to voluntarily pause all activity. This was in response to the statewide rise in positive COVID-19 cases. According to Bally Sports Detroit, Michigan high school athletic association Executive Director Mark Uyl, said there is a less than a 3% positive test rate among student-athletes. Districts will make decisions based on local circumstances.

Let us play: High school athletes rally at the Capitol to restart sports seasons

Michigan high school athletes and supporters rallied at the Capitol Jan. 30, appealing to the governor to end the COVID postponement of sports

A young crowd, mostly masked, was peaceful, in contrast to recent rallies at this and other Capitols. The students said that sports keep them engaged in school, lift their mental health in dark times and help some of them get into college.

Several who attended said they would like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to acknowledge their #letusplay #letthemplay peaceful demonstration and their demand for a quick return to sports.