Red Devil Football Parents & Fans:

You are undoubtedly following the news surrounding fall sports and you probably feel that a football season this fall seems like a long shot.

There is, however, growing momentum in the state of Illinois to push back on Governor Pritzker's decision and I want to pass along the information we have so that you can get involved.

Please see below about two upcoming rallies in support of the return to fall sports and activities.

Also see below form letter which you are encouraged to copy and e-mail to your Representative, Senator, and Deputy Governor of IL for Education.

Rep. Deanne Mazzochi

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

Dep. Gov. Jesse Ruiz


Representative/Senator/Dep. Gov. Contact Letter

The Honorable (First Name) (Last Name)
Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear (Representative/Senator/Dep. Gov.) (Last Name):

My name is (your first and last name) who resides in your district. I am writing today to urge your support in opening the state of Illinois to the thousands of Illinois High School student-athletes for competition as soon as possible. As a parent and supporter of Illinois students, I believe that the lack of IHSA sanctioned sports has had an adverse effect on our youth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the entire world, and our students have not escaped its wrath. While the pandemic has impacted age groups differently, the high school student’s mental well-being has suffered greatly. Studies by the CDC and the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse survey show that all Americans have increased levels of depression and anxiety since the pandemic has started, mainly due to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Reinstating IHSA sports, while following proven scientific data and guidelines, will give our children a renewed sense of hope and purpose. IHSA sports offer social relationships that they desperately need at this time. For many of our youth, without the guidance of a strong adult role model such as their high school coach, this time is even harder for them. We cannot continue to sit by and watch our children fall by the wayside.

Illinois is the only state in the Midwest that is currently not participating in all of its normal fall athletics and activities. Michigan recently allowed their high school association to resume all of their fall sports and the other neighboring states either started their fall seasons on time or slightly delayed. Other states that are similar in demographics to Illinois such as New York and Florida are also currently conducting fall sports with mitigation guidelines in place. None of these states have experienced major outbreaks from participating in extra-curricular activities. Instead, their schools and communities are following scientifically proven guidelines and it is working.

The opportunities that are currently being lost cannot simply be put in economic terms. Students are being deprived of adolescent benchmarks that are important in their development. These experiences only come along once in a young person’s life and can never be recreated. I ask that you please urge Governor Pritzker to allow the resumption of IHSA sanctioned events immediately and allow our children an opportunity to participate in IHSA sanctioned events.


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