SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- Local high school coaches and players banded together in the state's capital to send a message: "Let Us Play!"
The 'Let Us Play' rally was a call to action from athletes, coaches, and families for the state to give control back to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) for planning high school sport seasons.
"If you look at the states around us, we're the only holdout. It just keeps trickling farther and farther holding more teams back. Hopefully, we'll get some good response or at least, get a conversation going and get it back where it should be with the IHSA making that decision," said Washington Panthers football coach Darrell Crouch.
Coaches also expressed their concerns regarding the mental health strain the delay is causing for the student-athletes.
"I just hope that we're looking at everything outside of the physical health of COVID. I hope we're looking at the mental well-being of our students. The physical well-being of our students, the whole-rounded picture," said Farmington Farmers football coach Toby Vallas.