Suffolk students take to athletics officials' offices to reverse sports postponement
Suffolk students rallied Tuesday in a call to allow high school sports to resume after they were pushed back to 2021 last week.
The rally took place outside the Smithtown offices of Section XI. The students are hoping to change the minds of athletics officials who determined sports will not be played until at least Jan. 4, 2021.
Comsewogue senior Gabriel Walter says he hopes that by joining with other students and parents on, officials will hear their plea face-to-face.
"I'm a senior, this is my last opportunity to play, I've worked so hard to have that opportunity and just to write it off as you don't need that to live, I think that's disrespectful to the hard work that I've put in and that all my teammates have put in and that people that I've never really met have put in," says Walter.
Walter issued those thoughts in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke about sports in an exclusive interview with News 12.
"When you get to sports, some people don't want to hear it but you can live without sports, you can eat, you can breathe, you can survive without sports," said Cuomo. "So it is up to you and your school district to determine if you want to do it or not."
The Suffolk athletes who News 12 spoke to say they want officials to take a second look at their decision to postpone low-risk sports until 2021 and ultimately play them now, even if they have to stop playing because of an outbreak.
"I think we should be able to have something happen, even if it gets canceled midway through, like, just a start," says East Islip senior Meghan Garnett.
Nassau athletics officials also postponed all sports until next year, but many other parts of the state will begin play next week.