Northampton footballers ask health officials to let them play

Northampton footballers ask health officials to let them play

Published: 02/22/2021 7:34:18 PM

NORTHAMPTON – Standing on the steps of Town Hall in near freezing temperatures, Edward Sarafin, the head of Northampton High School, told his teammates: “The football is worth it.

A dozen Blue Devils gathered on Monday with signs saying “Science says it’s safe to play” and “Don’t play sports” to protest the city’s lack of clearance from the city’s health department for football in high school during the fall season II between winter and spring. The health department did not address players’ concerns in a meeting Thursday.

“We are not heard. Since other schools can have sports and other sports can have seasons within our school, I think speaking for football is unfair and we can meet in the middle and have a season ”, a said Brett Holden, senior from Northampton.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association approved Fall Season II, including football, to begin statewide Monday at a meeting on Jan. 29. The Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference has decided to start its season on March 1, which replaces the MIAA designation. Many schools in the area, including Amherst and South Hadley, already have…

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