VanderWall applauds decision to allow sports to resume

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Thursday applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services for listening to the Michigan people and allowing sports to resume play.

“It is a travesty that our young student athletes have been unable to participate in sports for so long, denying them the many benefits that such participation provides,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “But today we have shown that the people’s voice can make a difference. I am glad the governor has listened to my constituents, Michiganders across the state, and the Legislature and agreed to open up sports.”

Last week, the Senate approved a resolution co-sponsored by VanderWall urging Whitmer and the DHHS to lift the suspension on high school and youth sports and allow play to resume immediately. On Saturday, thousands of people came to the state Capitol on a cold winter day for a Let Them Play rally, in which lawmakers spoke about the benefits of high school sports.

“Playing sports has been shown to improve one’s mental health in addition to providing untold physical benefits,” VanderWall said. “During the pandemic, it is perhaps more important than ever to allow kids to play.”