Arkansas Governor Okay’s Non-Contact High School Football Practice

From: KTLO/Associated Press

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized high school football teams to begin no-contact practice with helmets next week as confirmed coronavirus cases topped 42,000 in the state.Hutchinson also instructed the Arkansas Activities Association to submit a plan to the state Department of Health to allow football, volleyball and cheerleading to proceed this fall.

The Republican governor said he heard from students and families across the state in favor of contact sports this fall, and that he wanted to discourage students from traveling out of state to compete in sports.

“As I have said on numerous occasions, we need school this fall and part of school are the sports and other curricular activities that go with school,” Hutchinson said.

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