WIZS SportsTalk Tuesday at 1 p.m. featured guests Homer Ramirez, executive director NC Independent School Athletic Association, and George Marshall, athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Henderson Collegiate.
Following a question and answer with WIZS’ Trey Snide, Ron Noel and John Rose, and after both guests had concluded the show, came a strong set of opinions at the end of the show concerning how listeners and readers source the information shared on social media, that social media should not be used to tear down and tear apart institutions and their beliefs.
Later in the week, WIZS will have Dr. Anthony Jackson on WIZS TownTalk at 11 a.m. Thursday to find out more about Plan C for the rest of the semester and how it will affect sports preparation.
Independent Schools in North Carolina and schools like Henderson Collegiate have resumed school and sports.
Ramirez said, “It’s been a labor of love. The kids are playing, so kuddos to our heads of school and those behind the scenes.”
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Ramirez said this isn’t the norm and where we want to settle. Ramirez said he’s really proud of how schools have managed. “Happy is a fair term.”
NCISAA schools are playing fall sports.
Ramirez said we’ve experienced hiccups and that’s part of the learning curve. He said he hates the impact covid is having on the health of Americans; As schools, we have to learn to overcome.
Marshall said practices start tomorrow. He said students are required to wear masks in the building, doesn’t matter that it’s sports. For Marshall and Henderson Collegiate, it’s “safety first and then skill development and camaraderie.”
“The kids are stoked,” Marshall said. He said, as a parent, quarantine has been really difficult on kids of all ages. “For us to be able to provide a safe space, we believe that is going to be really beneficial going forward.”
Marshall explained the philosophy of Henderson Collegiate saying “what will benefit the most athletes is what we are working on this year, which is to raise the standard for all sports. Our support and administrators are there to get us off the ground.”