Oldham County athletes, parents hold ‘Let Us Play’ rally advocating to play winter sports

Oldham County athletes, parents hold ‘Let Us Play’ rally advocating to play winter sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Oldham County athletes and parents raised their voices in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases across Kentucky.

Dozens of people gathered at Wendell Moore Park in Oldham County on Monday for a ‘Let Us Play’ rally, calling for district leaders to resume winter sports.

“What we’re doing right now is like a movement,” Luke Anderson said. “We’re letting our voices be heard.”

Anderson is used to running the floor as a member of the North Oldham High School basketball team. On Monday, he was standing with his teammates to get back on the hardwood.

“[They] keep pushing the weeks back and we just really want to play,” Anderson said.

Anderson and his teammates were joined by several other teams from two county schools.

Anna Gracy and the North Oldham High School cheerleaders built a pyramid of support for their fellow athletes in attendance.

“We’ve been having moments where we get really excited, and we’re like, ‘okay all of this being masked up all the time, being six feet apart has been worth it,’” senior Anna Gracy said. “Now, we get a message a week later and they’re like, ‘Sorry, it’s actually canceled again. We’re actually going into quarantine.’ So, is it really worth it?”

According to a KHSAA spokesperson, Oldham County is one of four Kentucky public school districts that have pushed back winter sports. The other three are Jefferson, Fort Campbell and Fort Knox.

In a statement, Oldham County Communications Director Lori McDowell said, “winter sports have continued to practice, although we put a temporary pause on games. The plan is to resume games Friday, January 15, if we see a steadying of active positive cases in our community. We hope to have a decision on this by tomorrow or Wednesday, but this remains a fluid situation. Our goal remains to complete a full season of games.”

McDowell also said that six Oldham County teams are currently quarantined due to COVID-19.

The students and parents in attendance Monday acknowledged the dangers of the coronavirus, but said they trust school officials to keep them safe if sports can resume.

“We acknowledge how dangerous COVID is, but we would take the right precautions,” senior cheerleader Jasmine Bonaccorso said. “It’s just hard to be able to practice, but not be able to show our community how we can support each other.”

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