This weekend demonstrators in support of playing football this fall, gathered in different states across the country.
Friday in Colorado, large protests took place in Colorado Springs, Denver and Delta. The protests come amid a murky back and forth between the Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green and Governor Jared Polis. A group has even been formed with a website called Let CO Play featuring player stories, protest information and a plaintiff submission form for a lawsuit against Governor Polis and CHSAA. Hundreds of people gathered at each of the protest locations.
On Sunday in New York, athletes, coaches and parents protested in White Pines. Hundreds of people gathered with signs and chants. The protest happened on the same weekend that their season had been previously scheduled to start.
— Eugene Rapay (@erapay5) September 13, 2020
Also on Sunday in Minnesota, a smaller protest formed outside of the Governor’s mansion. Protestors shouted “Give us the ball, let’s play this fall!”. Currently, Minnesota is scheduled to start football in mid-March.
“LET THEM PLAY”
Families from all over the state are here calling for football games to be played this fall pic.twitter.com/YSyAF1c568
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) September 12, 2020
In Illinois, a group has announced on social media that there are protests scheduled for this coming weekend. There are two locations for this protest- Chicago and at the state Capitol in Springfield. The group is encouraging people to bring their own signs and to wear their jerseys.
Protests in some states have successfully helped make change, like in Michigan, where the state reversed course and has decided to play this fall.
The demonstrations may have happened in different states but they all share a similar goal, asking their state to reconsider a fall football season.