Over a thousand of high school football players, coaches and parents converged on the Connecticut State Capitol Wednesday evening for a rally to play the game.
Incredible turnout by Connecticut high school football players, parents and coaches PROTESTING the states decision to cancel the 2020 season. They’re asking @GovNedLamont to #LetUsPlay #letusplayCT pic.twitter.com/0JMpVj6nFS— Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) September 10, 2020
You can track wins and losses....but tracking commitment, dedication and passion is very hard....This is one way to track it by forming a peaceful protest with large numbers trying to get back the game everyone LOVES!! #LetThemPlay #Cthsfb pic.twitter.com/gdSglKsN8Z— Ed Groth (@Ed_Groth) September 9, 2020
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) decided last week to cancel full contact football in the fall.
The CT Post reports:
As the news came down Friday morning, Haddam-Killingworth senior Daniel LaRosa was sitting in a personal finance class. Teammate Kevin Cavrell texted him that they needed to start a petition.
'We expected maybe 500, 1,000 signatures if we were lucky,' LaRosa said. 'It blows up: We got 33,000.'
They helped organize Wednesday’s rally, which packed hundreds of players onto the steps of the Capitol, most appearing to be wearing masks. An estimated 1,200 people attended in all.
We'll see if the protestors manage to score with lawmakers. Gov. Ned Lamont has called for a meeting with school officials on the subject for Friday.