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Sen. Helming sends letter to Cuomo requesting high school sports resume

Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) has joined the chorus of voices across the state calling for high school sports to resume. She says that countless students, parents, coaches, and concerned family members have contacted her to share their frustration with continued shutdown of scholastic sports.

She’s calling for the safe continuation of winter sports like hockey, baseball, and wrestling.

“Extracurricular activities provide an important outlet for young people,” Sen. Helming said. “The skills and character they build as part of a team sport are critical for their socialization and well-being. This is especially important due to the fact that many students have experienced a great deal of isolation throughout the pandemic. This isolation is a concern for both their parents and mental health professionals. Additionally, the ability of many senior student athletes to receive athletic scholarships will be compromised by the cancellation of competitive matches.”

There are 46 states in the U.S. who are either playing, or at least have a start date for those sports. Meanwhile, in New York is lingering in a hold pattern.

“I respectfully request that your administration and the New York State Department of Health reconsider the current ‘high risk’ classification for winter and fall sports,” a letter authored by Sen. Helming to Gov. Andrew Cuomo reads. “The current regulations allow students to practice, but not compete. This is counterintuitive and incredibly frustrating for both students and coaches.”

There’s no indication at this point when high school sports could resume.