“I truly believe that without football, I would not be the person I am today,” he said.
Katie Johnson, who plays lacrosse and volleyball, said she felt very hurt by the board’s decision a couple of weeks ago not to allow the higher-risk winter sports.
“Everyone else around us has determined it’s safe, and I’m having a hard time understanding why we are not allowed to play,” she said.
Resident James Ward urged the board to listen to the public.
“I think that as representatives from the community that were elected by the community, we need to put aside any personal opinions and really follow what the community is asking and what the community is looking for,” he said.
Frank Miller, a retired teacher, former school board member and a football and lacrosse coach, said he understands how difficult the last couple of weeks have been for the board. He believes it is safe to play.
“Every bit of information that I’ve seen shows it’s time for our athletes to return to their fields and courts,” he said.
Graduate Brendan Harris said a Wisconsin study of 30,000 student-athletes, 16,000 practices and 4,000 games found only one COVID-19 case attributable to sports.
“There’s been really no correlation between sports participation and an increase in positivity rates,” he said.