Montgomery County parents, athletes plead with school board to allow sports to resume

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Nearly 200 parents, athletes, and supporters gathered outside the Montgomery County Government Center on Tuesday night to make a message clear.

“Let them play!”

The rally was made up of signs showing support and hope of the school board moving forward with allowing athletic competition at its four schools.

During the meeting, the board referred to its metric system based on information from the CDC. Currently, Montgomery County is in the red zone, meaning COVID-19 cases are still rising rapidly.

The board did not vote on the topic of resuming competition.

“Every time they turn around it’s another setback, it’s another pushback,” Christiansburg parent Kate Henley said. “These kids are getting devastated because a lot of them are seniors, not only in Christiansburg, but also the other schools in the county, and they really want to play.”

“It’s just the hard work and stuff that we’ve put in. The time we’ve put in, the bond we’ve built together, we want to keep it going and we want to compete,” Christiansburg senior Caleb Henley said. “That inspired us to come out here and show them we want to compete and play our season.”

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