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It has been a tough last three months. The country and our region have dealt with a global pandemic the likes that haven’t been seen in more than 100 years.

Winter sports stopped short of completion and there were no spring high school sports at all. As we now look at the first day of June the question is what does the future hold?

In some place’s schools can return to some organized team activity June 1. In other places that date is June 15. Most of what is allowed is small gatherings for conditioning that takes place outside or inside with small groups.

I’ve been asked many times in the last three months what does this mean for high school football this fall? The simple answer is I don’t know. In fact, there are people whose job it is to make these important health and safety decisions and they don’t know.

What I do know is that sports are important. They are important at the professional level, the college level, the high school level, and the youth level. The lessons learned and bonds formed are something participants take with them the rest of their lives.

I also know it is important not to be reckless and expose vulnerable members of our society to a virus that has killed more than 100,000 people in our country. That has happened in just a few months and it gives me pause as to what we should do going forward.

There are sacrifices being made all over our city and the country. It hasn’t been easy, and we’ve all had to have a few gut check moments along the way.

I do know one thing. If there is football this summer and fall PrepsKC will be there. We will try to bring you what is good about high school football and hopefully help ease the pain of the last few months.

There isn’t much we can do but we will do that.