PIAA Meets With Governor's Office, Will Discuss Return To Sports Next Friday

It appears as if high school sports will move forward against Wolf's recommendation

HARRISBURG (93.7 The Fan) - It appears the PIAA will continue with its plan for fall sports after meeting with the Wolf Administration.

The PIAA met with representatives of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration on Friday and released a statement after the meeting.

While Wolf and his administration has strongly recommended delaying sports until January 1, 2021, the repeatedly told PIAA officials that “this is a local school decision.”

In the release, the PIAA says, they are, “concerned that the Governor’s “strong” recommendation last week and comments in yesterday’s press conference were not based upon Pennsylvania sports specific data and the recommendation has been perceived as a mandate by member schools. PIAA is very aware of the negative impact postponement of fall sports will have upon our 350,000 student-athletes and their families.”

“We will continue to be advocates for athletic activities that promote the health, and safety, social, emotional, and mental well-being of student-athletes,” said PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert A. Lombardi.

The PIAA says they have been developing return to competition guidelines since March that will help schools return to sports in the safest way possible.

The PIAA’s board of directors will meet next Friday to discuss starting fall sports.