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State Rep. Bernstine urges PIAA to reconsider: Allow fans in the stands for sporting events


State Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) sent a letter last week to Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) board of directors after a recent decision would eliminate spectators from 2020 school sporting events.

Bernstine issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed the PIAA failed to attempt to develop innovative and individualized plans to allow parents and families to safely watch and support their student-athletes at school sporting events this fall. This blanket decision by the board of directors will have negative impacts on our student athletes’ well-being and self-esteem that will carry on through academics and adulthood. School sports are a short-lived opportunity for our youth, and a proud time for thousands of Pennsylvania parents, families and local communities. Our student-athletes deserve to have their parents cheering them on in the stands and sidelines, and parents deserve the short chance to see their children compete and grow.”