The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in its effect on human life. Among the long-lasting impacts, it has been disastrous in the last school years for many seniors in colleges and secondary schools.
Among them are senior athlete-students who hope for one last chance to wear their upcoming alma maters while going up to the field, course, course or track for the last season. Over the past four weeks, including this one, Coastal Point has featured four Indian River high school athlete athletes with photos and responses to questions, as if they were going to have their first senior night party during their spring athletic season.
And while everyone awaits news from Governor John Carney about whether students will return to class this year, the country’s athletic directors gather to look for ways they can respect their senior athletes at the rest of the event. Spring sports season is canceled.
On Friday, April 24, at 8 pm, school athletic directors across the state will turn on the lights in their respective football stadiums – or football complexes if they don’t have football – for 20 minutes and 20 seconds, in honor of students – athletes from Class 2020. During that time, the names of senior student-athletes will be broadcast through loudspeakers to honor their efforts.
The event is not open to the public, and people may not go to Indian River High School during that time, because they will not be allowed into the parking area to be part of the event there. However, there is a way for the public to witness the ceremony: Coastal Point will be there, live-streaming during the ceremony Coastal Point sports Facebook page, and will also be available through the NFHS Network for free.
“We have been trying to find ways to respect the children who will play in their last season,” said Indian River High School athletics director Todd Fuhrmann. “Not knowing if there will be a short spring, we know we want to do something, and DIAA offers this opportunity to recognize these athletes across the state. We feel this will be a great way to do that.
“I will turn on the lights to the stadium at exactly 8 pm, and then I will read the names of each senior via loudspeakers. The lights will stay on for exactly 20 minutes and 20 seconds.
“We must emphasize that people cannot come to school to watch and listen to this,” he repeated. “We have partnered with NFHS to broadcast this through their network for free to people. And, thanks to Coastal Point, you can also watch it on their Facebook page too. “
There are around 50 senior student athletes taking part in bibliography this spring before COVID-19 was forcibly closed in all states and countries. This ceremony was designed as a gesture for schools to bring their seniors, especially because the waiting game is not the actual game they want to be a part of now.