HOUSTON – "Just cancel sports."
It is an impactful statement. It's something people are throwing around right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With school districts opting to start the year online only, others are pushing forward with in-person learning, high school sports have been left in limbo for some districts.
But to just come out and say "cancel sports" has a bigger impact than some would think.
When you say those words to a high school student, or coach – who at one point was that 16-year-old kid playing the game they love – you are doing more damage than just canceling a game or a practice.
It is canceling hope. Canceling dreams. Canceling a potential lifesaving or life-altering opportunity. For some, being a part of high school sports can alter the trajectory of their life.
At the 2019 Texas High School Coaches Association Coaching School in July, VYPE sat down with numerous administrators and head coaches during the event.
Matt Malatesta sat down with Houston ISD Athletic Director Andre Walker for the newest edition of VYPE Media's Behind the Playbook Podcast.
Listen to the following conversation