Players Make the Most of Field and Play Time

Football During a Pandemic
Posted on 09/18/2020
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When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave K-12 students the go-ahead to play sports this fall, he left the final decision up to each school district.

The Akron Public Schools Board of Education originally decided against letting students play but reversed its decision a week later. One of the rationales was that, for some of these student-athletes, getting to play is an issue of equity.

On a Saturday afternoon, the Kenmore-Garfield High School Golden Rams varsity football team stepped onto the field to practice. After coming close to not having a season at all and losing several weeks of practice time, these student-athletes have an added layer of gratitude mixed in with all that sweat.

Seventeen-year-old senior Tyijonn Gary is this season’s starting quarterback. Gary didn’t mince words when asked what getting to play meant to him.

“Football to me is life,” he said. “I've been doing this since, I was 6, 7 years old, every day, nonstop, and everybody out here be doing the same thing.” Read more here >>.

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