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  • Plans to Preserve High School Sports, Performing Arts Continue Amid Pandemic

    The numbers in high school activity programs are staggering – 8 million participants in sports, 4 million students in performing arts, 500,000 coaches and officials and 300 million-plus fans at contests throughout the school year.            

    Whether as a participant, parent, coach, official, teacher, administrator, community supporter or general fan, millions are invested in the greatest education-based programs in the country – high school sports and performing arts.

    And unlike most countries, these activities – sports, music, speech, debate, theatre and many others – are co-curricular programs that complete the school-day educational experience. These activities – the other half of education – are vital to the mental and emotional wellness of student participants.

    It is against this backdrop that the 51 NFHS member state associations and 19,500 high schools nationwide are having to make incredibly difficult decisions about how to restart high school sports and performing arts this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.