‘Let Them Play’ group takes push to resume youth sports to judge

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UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the hearing was continued to Friday at 2 p.m.

VISTA, Calif. — The “Let them Play” campaign is taking their case to a judge in Vista this week to try to get more high school sports up and running.

Just over two weeks ago, two local high school seniors filed a lawsuit claiming unfair treatment by the state towards high school athletes. They hope to get a temporary restraining order to allow football and other sports to immediately begin practicing and playing in full competition.

The campaign has gained more than 60,000 supporters across the state.

Scripps Ranch High School football coach Marlon Gardinera said the group bases their case on data that shows athletes are at no greater risk to spread the coronavirus.

“What we do know from the study from, I believe it’s the NFL and CDC, when they were able to study the genome of actual players where there were actual cases of COVID, it was not spread through athletic competition,” Gardinera said. “In cases surrounding high schools, for the most part, it comes from family members or friends or hanging out in their community.”

Gardinera said he hoped the court would make a ruling as quickly as Wednesday, but officials announced late that morning that the judge had continued the hearing to Friday at 2 p.m. to have counsel submit supplemental briefs and give more time for counsel to argue their case.

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