PIAA tells Gov. Wolf not holding Pennsylvania fall sports won’t eliminate youth coronavirus risk, it will just shift it elsewhere

Emmaus' Rachel Herbine (10) shoots the ball for a goal against Easton's Onalee Long (25) during a District 11 3A Field Hockey championship held at Whitehall High School last year.
Emmaus’ Rachel Herbine (10) shoots the ball for a goal against Easton’s Onalee Long (25) during a District 11 3A Field Hockey championship held at Whitehall High School last year. (April Gamiz/The Morning Call)

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association thinks organized fall school sports should go ahead during the coronavirus pandemic because youths are going to play anyway, and school oversight might provide the safest framework.

That was a theme of a new letter from the PIAA to Gov. Tom Wolf reviewed by The Morning Call.

It was dated Tuesday, four days after the PIAA delayed the start of fall sports by two weeks in response to Wolf’s public recommendation to scrub the entire season. Wolf said he wanted to safeguard people against the virus.

“Sports are going to be played by youth, whether within the PIAA structure or otherwise, and that doing so within the educational umbrella may provide the safest means for that to occur,” PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi wrote in the letter.

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