The last two-plus months are something we’ve never seen before and we all hope we never see again.
While we step through our daily lives with what seems like a zillion unanswered questions, life still goes on.
High school seniors have graduated and are months away from a new chapter in their lives they knew was coming.
What they didn’t know was how it was coming and no one saw this coming.
This is especially true for high school athletes who missed their senior spring sports season.
We want to hear from recently graduated high school seniors from Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, John Hardin, LaRue County, Meade County, North Hardin and North Hardin Christian who missed this spring sports season because of COVID-19.
We want to know how you got through the spring not being able to finish the sport you love.
What has sports taught you that allowed you to begin your final season of high school athletics and not be able to finish it?
What has sports taught you that allowed you to deal with the disappointment of not being able to finish your final high school season because it was taken away from you in a manner you couldn’t control?
So, high school spring sports athletes, you have graduated and are preparing for the next stage of your life — whatever that may be — tell us about that missed season.
We want to read it in your own words and we want to publish it.
Your letter to sports — for lack of a better term — must be a maximum of 350 words and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to hear from you.
m Many people really don’t like the term — new normal — but that’s what this is.
And, honestly, it just sucks.
Like the large majority of you, I am looking forward to some sort of normalcy and that includes high school athletics.
That includes Friday Night Lights, soccer and volleyball rivalries, golf tournaments and cross country races.
That also includes bands performing at halftime, cheerleaders cheering and kids inside classrooms with teachers and not virtual classrooms.
m As the sports world slowly opens up, there is talk on all levels about fans and what that means for each group.
High school sports cannot financially exist without fans.
You can talk all you want about the percentage of fans who can be inside a stadium, a gymnasium, around the soccer field or at a cross country meet, but if financial constraints slap high school athletics in the face, there will really be some tough decisions to be made.
Tough decisions have already been made and more are on the way, but limiting fans at high school athletic events forcing a financial loss will not be good. Look, I get it with COVID-19 and the pandemic, but this is also a real thing whether you want to talk about it or not.
Financial discussions have been held on what may happen, what could happen and what that means to the bottom line and my guess is everything either has been discussed or will be discussed.
And those discussions are something most fans don’t want to think about.
But, they’re real.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”— Martin Luther King Jr.