Shirkey issues statement in support of student athletes

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement:

“Today marks a victory for students, parents and school officials who have been pleading with the governor for weeks to let them play.

“Last week, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 7 urging Gov. Whitmer to lift the suspension of high school and youth sports.  Senate Republicans know the important role sports play in contributing to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of young people. We knew it was imperative that the governor allow young athletes the opportunity to compete.

“The Senate Republicans would like to be optimistic about this change in policy, but that largely depends upon the guidance that is yet to be issued by the administration.  We are expecting clear and uncomplicated guidance for youth sports to be able to start their seasons, quickly.

“No one can deny the negative impact of forced closures and arbitrary restrictions on our citizens and communities, and we will continue to urge the governor to eliminate such policies,” said Shirkey.