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'Let Us Play': Utah student-athletes pushing Gov. Herbert to let them play sports

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'Let Us Play': Utah student-athletes pushing Gov. Herbert to let them play sports. (Photo: Screngrab from Let Us Play YouTube video. Used with permission)

Utah high schoolers are pleading with Utah Governor Gary Herbert to let them play sports.

“Usually, at this time of year, at your local high school, you can hear the crack of a bat hitting a baseball," a YouTube video stated.

The video, titled ‘Let Us Play,’ was posted to YouTube on Monday, and it's already gaining some traction.

“No laughter, no celebrating,” the student in the video says describing what high school playing fields sound like without sports.

The student-athletes argue this could be their last season to play their sport.

In the video, an unnamed student says:

Though this is a very serious situation, there are still things we can do especially for these students who had their school year end so abruptly."

The three-minute YouTube video received more than 15,000 views in less than 24-hours.

In the video, Utah students describe what high school sports mean to them.

They say they have already done a lot to help flatten the curve.

The petition started on April 20 received well above the goal of 4,500 signatures.

On April 14, Gov. Herbert announced students will not be returning to their classrooms this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Utah State Board of Education announced that same day the indefinite cancellation to all spring sports.

Utah State School Superintendent Sydnee Dickson said schools are committed to helping teachers, parents, and students adapt to "the new now."

Student-athletes are now pushing state leaders to lift the restriction.

The video goes on to say:

There are thousands of high school student-athletes in the state of Utah, many of them seniors, who this year is their last chance to earn a scholarship, play with their friends, play for their schools and fulfill their dreams.”

According to the petition, students are calling on the governor to reconsider their decision regarding spring sports.

Students suggested starting to play some time at the end of May, with an abbreviated season, and championship games held in July.

Much of the decision-making rests in the hands of the Utah High School Athlete Association (UHSAA).

“For us seniors, we don’t get another shot,” said one student in the video.

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