Sen. Zorn speaks at ‘Let Them Play’ rally at Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday talked about the importance of athletics during a rally of coaches, parents, student athletes and supporters to urge the governor and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to allow high school sports to be played this fall.

“We support our high school student athletes who want to compete and be the very best they can be both on and off the field,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “In football and other team sports, while athletes learn the game, they also learn how to win and lose with dignity. They also learn leadership and how to contribute and succeed as a team.

“The grand value of high school sports comes in later years when our sons and daughters enter the game of life, where sports have given them courage, ability and the drive to play to the last tick of the clock in a tough, tough world.”

The Let Them Play rally on the Capitol steps urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the MHSAA and MSHAA Executive Director Mark Uyl to allow state high schools to play sports this fall, including football.

“Being here today is all about giving our kids opportunities in high school and throughout their lives,” Zorn said. “Students who participate in sports have lower health risks and higher self-esteem. Sports also give our children the tools necessary to succeed in academics and develop important skills to advance their future achievements and happiness.”

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