Student athletes, parents hold 'Let Them Play' rally at Westchester County Center
Residents gathered at the Westchester County Center Sunday for a rally in support of Hudson Valley student athletes.
At "Let Them Play" rallies across the country, athletes and parents are campaigning for students to have the chance to play sports this school year as more and more seasons are getting postponed or canceled due to the pandemic.
Sunday's rally came in the wake of New York high school athletic officials deciding to push back the start of all high-risk fall sports across the state until March, including football, volleyball and competitive cheerleading.
Organizer of the rally Christine Good says, "That's disappointing because football, volleyball and competitive cheer are no more of a COVID risk than the other sports."
Section 9 took it one step further, moving all fall sports to next year. They will condense all three sports seasons from January through June.
These decisions were announced on Friday, about a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for high-risk sports to start practice.
Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says, "The issue here is use science, use data…we'll all agree with that. Just have a standard that is applied across the board."
Parents and athletes at the rally say they hope to send a message to the legislator, governor and health department that sports should be played.