Pressure mounting on Gov. Whitmer to change executive order
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to reconsider an executive order that prohibits high school football this fall. Executive Order 160, mandated Whitmer, states that all high school fall sports be postponed unless they can be played outdoors and socially distance. Currently, only outdoor swimming, volleyball and some running sports fall outside the scope of the order.
However, with Indiana and Ohio both allowing high school football, and according to MHSAA officials doing so with some success, the organization is asking the governor to reconsider her decision.
Meanwhile on Friday, roughly 100 people held a protest in Lansing, demanding that Whitmer change the executive order.
Geoff Kimmerly is the content and media director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
“Yeah, we totally understand where people are coming from, we understand why they are frustrated, and why they are disappointed,” Kimmerly said.
Some at the protest called on the MHSAA to ignore Whitmer’s order altogether, something that Kimmerly says, is not about to happen.
“Of course we are not going to suggest break-the-law,” Kimmerly said. “And that is what going against Executive Order 160 would be doing.”
In the meantime, the MHSAA says it has a positive relationship with the Governor’s office, and is awaiting a response, or for dialogue on football this fall to begin.