Tempe students return to sports safely during COVID-19 pandemic
PHOENIX – Sports have returned to Tempe Union High School District and students are remaining safe despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
David Huffine, director of athletics and activities for Tempe Union, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday there haven’t been any COVID-19 issues related to sports.
“We’ve had a lot of success in social distancing, in making sure our fans are continuing to follow the mitigation strategies and plan we have in place for the district,” Huffine said.
Students underwent a shift in thinking by not taking sports for granted like before the pandemic, Huffine said, which he claimed increased personal accountability of following safety protocols to avoid sports from being canceled.
Rumors had previously surfaced claiming a decline in students signing up for sports, but Huffine said that wasn’t the case.
He claimed students were excited to get back with their friends and play the sports they enjoy, while also getting the social interaction that was missing due to online learning during the pandemic.
As COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, Huffine hopes sports return to normal without restrictions but with a lasting understanding of the value extra-curricular activities provide to a student’s life.