BIG RAPIDS — Two days in the past in Lansing, we noticed the kinder, gentler facet of what occurs when a bunch of individuals are pushed to the purpose of getting no different choice however to protest.
As one other month of winter has fallen by the wayside with no contact sports activities in any respect, student-athletes, coaches, dad and mom and directors have needed to endure delay after delay.
What they’ve been advised for therefore lengthy by these in cost is affected by contradictions and no explanations to fill the void of doubt that’s been solid on the Michigan prep sports activities scene.
So, like another passionate Michigander who feels their voice isn’t being heard and desires to make it audible, these good people made the journey proper to the steps of the Capitol.
It was a major occasion on this rising #LetThemPlay saga that’s come about, basically, out of necessity, and it is the primary one attended a BR or Reed Metropolis-based crew.
Members of the Huge Rapids ladies basketball crew, together with coach Jessica Haist, descended upon Lansing on Saturday afternoon, becoming a member of a mass of youngsters who merely simply need to play.
Whereas the BR ladies had been on the steps of the Capitol, a bunch of boys holding massive letter indicators spelling out “Let Us Play” could possibly be seen just a few toes away.
That group of boys occurred to be members from Reed Metropolis’s boys hoops squad.
In a second that’s really an indication of the instances, the Huge Rapids ladies and Reed Metropolis boys — two teams that it’s secure to imagine in all probability don’t have too many run-ins — got here collectively in that second for a typical aim.
On these steps, it didn’t matter when you had been a Cardinal or a Coyote.
On that day, all that mattered was that you simply needed to play and that you simply’re bored with being strung alongside from one delay to the following, whereas the winter season steadily slips away.
I’ll permit it.
No matter what may come from this weekend’s protest on the Capitol, one factor is now as abundantly clear because it has ever been: the youngsters must play.
They should have contact of their practices, and multiple week earlier than the season is allegedly supposed to start.
If that actually can’t safely occur, prefer it has in just about each different state within the nation, then these children want actual, real solutions.
They’re not dumb they usually know when somebody is being lower than sincere with them.
What occurred Saturday is a major instance of this, and we’ll begin to see extra of it until some main adjustments are made within the not-so-distant future.
It’s been a very long time coming.
Joe Judd is a reporter for the Pioneer. He may be reached at Joe.Judd@pioneergroup.com.