Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) Friday thanked the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) for taking an independent stand and allowing fall sports to continue despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s “strong recommendation” to the contrary.
Before the PIAA took a two-week pause in the start of fall sports after the governor’s recommendation, Benninghoff wrote them a letter encouraging them to take an independent stand and ensure fall sports continue.
“The PIAA, backed by the science and expertise of their Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and adhering to the principle of local control, made the right decision to take an independent stand and allow fall sports to continue. As a parent, grandparent and former coach, I know school sports and extracurricular activities are more than just fun. They are a chance for students to gain confidence, learn from life-changing mentorships and find motivation to achieve more academically,” Benninghoff said.
“I thank the PIAA for making this deliberate examination of all the consequences of canceling fall sports and coming to this just outcome. I also thank PIAA Oversight Committee members Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) for working with the PIAA on this matter and the many other House Republican members who have stood up for the best interests of our children during this challenging time.”