* From WFIW…
An official with the Wayne County Health Department tells the radio station that about 30 of the 39 new COVID-19 cases reported in the county Saturday are linked to the Frontier Community College baseball team.
Wayne County Health Administrator Clark Griffith said 62 people within the program were tested Friday with the results coming in Saturday evening. Over 50-percent of those baseball players tested were positives. The Wayne County Health Department says it is working with the community college and local hospitals to keep the healthy members of the program separated from those who have tested positive.
FCC President Jay Edgren says the outbreak is contained to student athletes living in off-campus housing.
Professional athletes are tested constantly and are following strict protocols. That’s not always the case at lower levels, particularly at the community college and high school levels.
* Meanwhile, Congressman Darin LaHood has penned an op-ed…
Over Labor Day weekend, I got to do my favorite thing as a dad — watch my youngest son play soccer with his local youth team.
Instead of playing in central Illinois, however, we traveled to Indianapolis to play in a youth soccer tournament. Like many others in the state, my sons will be traveling outside Illinois to participate in youth athletics this year to Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa this fall to play sports. […]
Our kids want to participate in fall sports, and they can safely do so with the appropriate guidelines in place.
It’s time to let them play.
They can play in the spring if all goes well.
* NBC 5…
Joe Trost, an advocate for high school athletes, said he estimates one hundred Illinois high school football players have transferred to other states to play this season.
That ain’t many, but I reached out to the reporter to ask about Trost and why he’s labeled as a student advocate. Turns out, he
runs founded a big soccer tournament (Pepsico Showdown) and is a former TV sports reporter.
* CBS 2…
Student athlete and advocate Joe Trost said players and parents want a changed and safe plan in place for sports now.
Um, he’s not a student athlete. He’s a grownup. And he runs a tournament.
…Adding… Trost in comments…
I am proud to finally made Rich’s blog. For years, I’ve always given him information for the blog. I didn’t know I was a TV sports reporter, I probably have a face more for radio. I thank the one commenter - I loved my time at The Star. I founded Buddy’s HELPERS, which uses the power of sports to engage and educate student athletes about enhancing the lives of others. Google the Making A Difference On AND Off The Field campaign. You can see the stories for years. And yes, I am a student athlete advocate. Just as was the case during the CTU strike last year when kids were caught in the middle and being impacted, I was the voice because at times kids feel intimidated to stand up. With that said, I don’t want to be the face of it - it’s about the kids. That’s why I help media train student athletes and prep them when stuck in these situations. I’ve always had a passion for helping kids through sport. I am a little annoyed that Rich when given my contact info didn’t contact me, but we’re human - we make mistakes. So hey if anyone wants to give me a TV Sports job, I just need some makeup to make my face look better. Then I could actually make Feder’s blog, too, seeing I’ve been reading him since I was kid, too.
* Lots of folks have been putting pressure on the IHSA lately…
The Illinois High School Association on Friday clarified the contents of a letter it sent Thursday to the Illinois Governor’s office.
“There have been no discussions, let alone proposed timelines, for resuming any sports at this time,” IHSA executive director Craig Anderson said in a release.
On Thursday, Anderson said he sent a letter to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Deputy Governor for Education Jesse Ruiz seeking permission for the IHSA to resume control of determining when sports return.
“With support from the IHSA Board of Directors, I issued a letter … that seeks permission for the IHSA and its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to resume control over determining the resumption of IHSA sports and activities,” Anderson said. “However, the content of that letter has been greatly misconstrued on social media in a short amount of time.
* From yesterday…
Dozens of Illinois high school student-athletes, coaches and parents held a rally Sunday demanding the expanded return of fall sports for Illinois schools.
At the McCook rally, Wheaton Warrenville South Student Jaylen Brown said he’s worried about his senior football and basketball seasons.
“This decision will determine if I get a scholarship or not,” high school athlete Jaylen Brown said.
High school sports advocate and rally organizer Joe Trost says these issues can weigh particularly heavy on some CPS students.
There’s that word again.
* The Fox 32 coverage actually claimed that rally speakers “want lawmakers to take us back to the year 2019.”
One of the speakers…
From his home page…