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.

MSU Shooting Sports Team provides firearm education to students, faculty

MSU Shooting Sports Team at the range. Photo by MSUSSC

The MSU Shooting Sports Team provides the opportunity for students and faculty members to practice and compete in shooting competitions using various programs. They include Olympic Air Pistol, Scholastic Action Shooting Program pistol, International Air Rifle, Precision Pistol Bullseye, and precision 3-Position Smallbore Rifle. For Marina Malone, a junior studying interpersonal communications, the team allows her to specialize in the shotgun and provides a sense of community. Malone said, “For me, it was just one way to enjoy shooting and have something to do. I knew I didn’t want to do any sports in college, so this was one way for me to meet new people, make some good friends and share some common interests.”

Members meet weekly to improve shooting skills.

Michigan National Guard maintains force structure throughout pandemic

Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard deployed to Iraq in 2019-2020 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Photo by 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. Fewer than than 1% of Americans serve in the military. The pandemic resulted in new obstacles for the Michigan Army National Guard to maintain the force structure. During these unprecedented times, recruiters continued to keep the Michigan Army National Guard a relevant force.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman offers opportunity to get outside

Becoming an Outdoors Woman holds a fly fishing event. Photo credit Angel Portice

With warmer weather rolling into Michigan, many people are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors. The Department for Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops encourage women from all experience levels and ages to explore outdoor recreation. Please take the BOW participation survey

According to Program Director Michelle Zellar, skills and knowledge about the outdoors have been as useful as ever throughout the pandemic. Zellar said, “With COVID, we’re seeing more and more people who just need to go out, who want to go out.

Sports carry DeWitt High School students through pandemic

As the athletic trainer at DeWitt High School for 10 years, Steve Jenkins saw firsthand how an athletic program can do its part in helping student-athletes play safely and successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This commitment level to COVID-19 guidelines helped DeWitt’s football team win a Division 3 State Championship in 2020, the first in school history. In an effort to control the spread of the virus, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a series of pauses for partial shutdowns throughout the season. Throughout this time, many players remained locked in to what they needed to do to not only play well, but safely.

Award-winning teachers say what a longer post-COVID school year would need

Michigan Schools Superintendent Michael Rice has floated the idea that, to help students catch up on instruction lost during the COVOD-19 pandemic, the 2021-2022 school year be extended.

Here, award-winning teachers from throughout Michigan react to or propose ideas for that suggestion.