To play or not to play winter high school sports and other activity programs – that is the decision being considered by state high school associations, state health and education departments, and state governments.

While 35 states offered football this fall – with 30 leading to state championships – and another 10 states were able to sponsor other fall sports, the outlook for traditional winter sports and activities held indoors is proving to be one of the toughest decisions since the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out two-thirds of state basketball finals last spring.

Dr. Karissa Niehoff is executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations in Indianapolis. She is the first female to head the national leadership organization for high school athletics and performing arts activities.

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