Rain or shine, local supporters prepare for second ‘Let Them Play’ rally 

Submitted photo – H-DNL students show their support for a return to prep sports at the first “Let Them Play” two weeks ago in Ferndale.

By Ray Hamill — The “Let Them Play, CA” movement continues to put pressure on Governor Gavin Newsom this week, asking for an immediate and full return to youth sports.

A number of professional athletes and coaches, including the likes of Lou Holtz and Drew Brees, are throwing their support behind the movement, as California lags behind much of the rest of the country, which has enjoyed a safe and successful return to youth sports.

On Friday, a second round of statewide rallies will be held, this time with a focus on fewer and larger rallies.

Including one in Eureka, which will begin at 4 p.m. — rain or shine — and will be held outside the offices of Senator Mike McGuire and Assembly Member and Chair of the Health Committee Jim Wood at 1036 Fifth Street in Eureka.

The rally is being organized by parents of student athletes from multiple H-DNL schools, and once again participants are being asked to keep politics out of it, with the sole focus on getting the student athletes back competing.

The Eureka rally is reportedly one of just three happening in the North Coast Section.

Ray Hamill/ – A sign at the last “let Them Play” rally in Ferndale.

The “Let Them Play, CA” movement has been building momentum in recent weeks, and now boasts almost 52,000 members, nearly doubling in the past two weeks.

According to the movement’s Facebook page, private backers have now donated $100K with television and radio commercials in the works.

High school sports in California have been shut down since mid-March.

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