Blanford-Green: CHSAA team dedicated to resuming athletics and activities in 2020-21

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(Ray Chen/

The CHSAA team is working non-stop, with some challenges ahead, to resume all athletics and activities in their designated seasons.

As a membership and an office, our state is a national leader in student mental health education, inclusion and diversity, and participation opportunities per capita. So, trust that we know our "Why"!

We value diverse opinions as we navigate our next steps. So to ease the hysteria regarding having a voice, there were parents on the task force, including one with an incoming football senior and looking to play at the next level. Dad played collegiate baseball.

Furthermore, our office is made up of former high school, collegiate and professional athletes, and Hall of Fame inductees. We are former coaches, administrators and officials. We are parents, including parents of current, future, and former high school athletes.

We get it!

You can trust that my decisions aren't motivated by politics, fear, or threats of liability or legal action. Nor are they motivated by money. We have lost tremendously during this pandemic, without state basketball championships, spring championships, and refunding of membership participation fees.

We are dedicated and committed to resuming athletics and activities in the 2020-2021 school year responsibly: within the proposed statewide educational models, all viewpoints of health data, state and county guidelines, opinions — including parents, coaches, educators — and in communication with other state associations across the country.

This will be our timeline and we will begin to limit our share of information as it appears our transparency has opened us for attack. We will hold future decisions closer to the vest to reduce your anxiety and the need to attack the very group that is advocating — no, fighting — through these unknowns and chaos for your children.

Trust that we are focused on resuming all activities and athletics because we know participation supports the social, mental and physical well-being of all our students. We provide you with the state and national stats, but I do appreciate the reminders.

We are in this together, and we will make decisions not through threats and personal attacks but with the safety of students — it is bigger than low risk populations — coaches, officials crews (we need them), score keepers, ticket takers, security, volunteers, managers, bus drivers, custodians, vendors, site administrators, and parents in the forefront.

No answers are definitive at this time because the state and health guidelines are fluid, but we are moving with intent towards fully resuming.