Coronavirus concerns meant the school year in Pittsburgh was beginning entirely remote, so the superintendent reasoned that a close contact sport like football, with shoulder-to-shoulder huddles and colliding bodies, could not be safe either. He announced that sports would be postponed until 2021.
Then came protests from students, coaches and parents, pleading that football was important to players’ lives and mental health, and that elite athletes might just transfer to other districts.
“With football, it’s close contact — they’re hitting each other, they’re tackling each other, they’re sweating on each other — there’s a risk, obviously,” allowed Don Schmidt, the longtime head football coach at Brashear High, one of Pittsburgh’s largest schools. But he said football was important for kids who need direction in their lives. “The kids need this. This has kept our kids positive.”
For Immediate Release: Monday, September 28, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Physician and health policy expert Dr. Vin Gupta will join students, parents and high school athletics supporters on Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, for a DMV Town Hall to discuss the facts concerning COVID-19 and the challenges facing interscholastic athletics in the National Capital Region and beyond.
Registration is free and available to all students, parents and high school athletics supporters on a first-come, first-served basis at https://covid19withdrgupta.eventbrite.com. The conversation will be hosted by Chad Ricardo.
“The current global health crisis has created an unprecedented situation throughout our lives,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “With so many unknowns and so much information being dispersed, it is important to learn as much as possible about the evolving landscape so that everyone can make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”
Dr. Gupta, who is a regular public health analyst for NBC News, the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets, has spent the 15 years working worldwide to improve public health for organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the World Health Organization, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement. Given his diversity of experiences, he is now a trusted advisor and contributor to national and international media outlets on several of the most important health issues today.
“I look forward to joining everyone in the DMV and beyond to share what the medical community has learned about COVID-19,” Gupta said. “Because we continue to deal with so many unknowns, it is vital that everyone remain vigilant, continue to wear masks when near others in public and make smart decisions.”
Contact: Josh Barr, 202-309-5021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia State Athletic Association mourns the recent passing of DCSAA High School Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees John Thompson Jr. and Sheila Ingram.
“Coach Thompson and Sheila both made their mark on athletics in Washington, D.C., and we are incredibly sad that they are no longer with us,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “We send our condolences to their families and want to share that we are thinking of them.”
A standout basketball player at Archbishop Carroll High, Thompson went on to play at Providence College and then two NBA championship seasons with the Boston Celtics before turning to coaching. He guided the boys basketball team at St. Anthony’s High from 1966 to 1972 and then coached at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999, winning an NCAA title in 1984.
Ingram graduated from Coolidge High in 1976 and that summer won the 400-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She then finished sixth in the 400 and won the silver medal as part of the 4x400-meter relay at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.
Thompson and Ingram were among the 10 men and women inducted into the DCSAA High School Hall of Fame this year. To learn more about the District of Columbia State Athletic Association, please visit www.dcsaasports.org
Complete your DCSAA Waiver Request/Student Release Transfer Exception Verification Registration here!
Download your DCSAA Student-Athlete Transfer Release Form here.
Download your DCSAA Transfer Exception Verification Form here.
Click the link below to take you to registration to complete your DCSAA membership application for the 2020-2021 school year.