Families react to LHSAA decision

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For months, Claire Harvison has been fighting for her son’s right to play high school football, and it has finally paid off.

“I wrote a letter to the governor just asking for [high school sports] to move forward and it went viral,” Harvison said.

Recently, she and a group of moms spoke at the state capitol and met with Attorney General Jeff Landry. Each time trying to figure out a way to get their players suited up.

“We were just moms trying to advocating on behalf of our children,” Harvison said.

Their prayers were answered Wednesday as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced contact sports can happen as soon as Oct. 1, one week earlier than the original start date. Social distancing will be mandatory and the stadium’s capacity is limited to 50%.

This good news also benefits Madalynn Henry. She’s the cheer captain at Walker High School and says she’s happy her squad will have a team to cheer for.

“We’ve waited for this for a really long time, we’ve practiced,” Henry said.

Her mom is emotional. She says it feels good to know that students’ hard work won’t go to waste.

“Some of these kids have to play for scholarships,” Amy Weathers said. “If they don’t have that they don’t get to go to school. They need this outlet to get out and do what they’ve done their entire lives and show what they’ve been working on.”

Everyone says this good news is exactly what they needed to start this different sports season off on the right foot.

The regular football season is expected to last eight weeks.

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