LA lawmaker supports the return of school sports


Houma Representative Tanner Magee submits a letter to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President, Sandy Holloway, requesting that the board does not consider a recommendation to cancel high school sports at this time.  Magee says it was important to offer a counter balance to a recent initiative scrap sports through December.

“If that’s the only letter or request she had in front of her, then that might leave the BESE board and her under the impression that that’s how the legislature felt,” said Magee.

Senate Education Chairman Cleo Fields of Baton Rouge had asked BESE to suspend fall sports for K-12 schools because of COVID-19.

Magee says among the reasons to continue moving forward with sports is to motivate many of students to stay in school and to combat the health concerns of those struggling with adolescent obesity.

“We have kids who are overweight, we have kids that have all kinds of physical issues going on.  They need sports to maintain that balance,” said Magee.

Magee says canceling sports may also become an obstacle in seeing kids continue their education following high school.

“Some students, their only avenue to get a scholarship to go to college and they are going to be missing out on the opportunity to earn that and the downstream effects may be far more detrimental,” said Magee.

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