Karely Molina Martinez staff writer
My season is about to begin and I can’t wait. All the hard work myself and my teammates have been putting into practices is finally going to pay off. I can’t stop thinking about the season I have ahead of me—the games and the bus rides, and the memorable moments that will last me a lifetime. As I meet up with my team on that rainy Friday afternoon I hear the news: we are going into a mandated lock-down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and suddenly I feel everything I was hoping for start to slip away.
Last year, spring athletes were faced with this disappointment and they continue to face it as the future for their season is still unclear. In the 2019-2020 school year, spring sports already started training all year for their season. Due to COVID-19, their season was taken away and what originally seemed like a two week lockdown later turned into a year long break from athletics. Many of these athletes’ lives were changed forever. Some lost the chance at a final or even a first season, a shot at an athletic scholarship and even a year of necessary training.
Now that sports are back up and running, it is imperative spring sports receive the recognition and attention they deserve after losing an entire season of training, playing and competing.
As in-person practices and games begin to return, it is necessary to acknowledge the long awaited season by spring sports. It is also important that as a community we prioritize the games and events for spring sports, as their situation differs from that of fall and winter sports.
Though fall and winter sports alike may have missed out on a season, their situation is different. While fall and spring sports’ were originally postponed, they still have the opportunity to make up for the missed games and practices this year. However, athletes in spring sports completely lost an entire year, starting right before their 2019-2020 season.
While we celebrate the return of athletics finally on campus, it is important to recognize spring sports and the season they lost. As a community we must ensure that their hard work and patience through the pandemic does not go unnoticed and that we celebrate them in full recognition as they work to move forward from a lost season they will never get back. Though recognition toward spring sports may not make up for the season they have lost, it is well deserved for the athletes who waited patiently for the return of sports.