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Organizations fight to bring youth sports back to California

Let Them Play CA
Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 18:17:50-05

TWO ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORKING WITH GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO BRING YOUTH SPORTS BACK TO CALIFORNIA. — It's been a difficult year for student-athletes across the state without being able to play sports. Especially when most states across the country have been able to play youth sports.

Two organizations were formed in the past year to push for youth sports to return to California. Bradley Hensley and his wife began the organization Let Them Play CA in December in hopes to bring youth sports back. The organization became a group on Facebook and that group now has over 50,000 members.

"Our sole mission is to bring youth sports back to California immediately and safety in a positive environment," Hensley added.

The head football coach at Serra High School, Patrick Walsh, formed an organization for coaches to come together to fight for student-athletes.

"If no one does anything , the kids aren't going to play... I started the Golden State Coaches Community, we now have close to 700 coaches all communicating and functioning in a positive direction to get the kids back on the field to play," Walsh said.

The two have come together to fight for youth sports and have been communicating with Governor Newsom to make a change. The main goal is to take youth sports out of the tier-system so youth and high school sports can begin soon.

"I think it comes down to this... Governor, help us, meet with us, we have data. Forty other states have done this. We're taking the best protocols from them and pairing it with the CDC for state and local guidance... We don't have time. We're going to find in a year or two that we did a terrible thing for our youth but we still have time to correct it," Hensley said.