Ezike expresses the importance of basketball and other sportsIDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she knows how important sports can be for young people. “I take very seriously the value that recreational outlets offer to the physical and the mental health of our children,” Ezike said. “I also take very seriously the need to protect them.” The IHSA announced earlier this week that cheerleading, boys swimming and girls gymnastics were close to returning, but basketball was not included. Contact days for spring sports like volleyball and soccer begin Monday. Ezike said players and families still cannot let their guard down when it comes to the pandemic. “I hope that we will all use the experience that we have garnered as we go forward so that we don’t see another surge and go back into higher levels of mitigation that would suspend these levels of play,” she said.
IHSA would previously revise its sports calendar for 2020-21The IHSA revised its sports calendar for this school year after football and other fall sports were postponed by the governor last summer. The new schedule moved football and other sports to the spring season. The IHSA board is expected to revise that schedule at a meeting next week. Reporting by Kevin Bessler
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