Members of the Golden State Football Coaches Community and Let Them Play CA, an organization of parents, coaches and student athletes, held a press conference Friday to update the public on where they are in the process of working with the government and health authorities to allow youth sports to resume in California.
The press conference was for media only, but was recorded for public viewing. Watch it below.
Coaches, student athletes and the San Diego District Attorney discussed how the high school spots ban has negatively affected student athletes’ futures and overall well being. The full list of speakers is below:
The two organizations have been working closely with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and the California Department of Public Health to safely resume high school and youth sports. They are requesting high school and youth sports be detached from the California color-tiered system entirely.
11:32: Patrick Walsh: “We want a seat at the table with Dr. Ghaly.”
11:30: Bradley Hensley, the President of Let Them Play CA, says that the lawsuit filed in San Diego is a part of their strategy to bring back youth sports.
11:28: “The Governor indicated to me that he absolutely wanted to get youth sports back…but the reality is since then not much has happened since our phone call last week.” – Gladnick
11:20: Summer Stephan, the San Diego District Attorney, discusses the increased threats to child safety amid COVID-19 from not having youth sports.
11:16: 2022 Skyline High lineman Devynn Trahan pleads with officials to allow high school sports. He also mentions he lost a coach to gun violence during this time.
11:08: Gladnick urges the Governor’s Office to continue to speak with the Golden State Football Coaches Community and Let Them Play CA since not much has happened since their meeting last week.
11:06: “We spoke with the Governor last week and we had an encouraging meeting with his Chief of Staff Jim DeBoo, but since then little has happened.” – Ron Gladnick – Head Football Coach, Torrey Pines High School