‘Let us play’: Salem athletes ready to return to play despite pandemic

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Local athletes are still waiting to hear about whether they’ll play this winter, but a group of players are letting their voices be heard in Salem.

“I feel like the athletes are best mentally when they’re competing,” said Salem High School basketball player Owyn Dawyot.

Dawyot, along with other Salem public school athletes have been waiting patiently for the winter season to begin. With the season still in doubt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletes decided it was time to voice their concerns to the Salem City School Board.

“For me there’s nothing like being out on the court. I know for the football players, it’s really like a family you know. Sports are like a family, and I feel like working with your teammates there’s just not another feeling like it,” explained Dawyot.

Dawyot was one of many players speaking out. Salem lacrosse player Brynn Bowen also wanted her voice heard.

“It’s hard and it’s actually really confusing and I’m kind of jealous of the other schools that can just go play now because I really just want to play.”

During the meeting, Dawyot spoke on behalf of his fellow athletes. The players have also spoken out through social media through their very own ‘Let them play’ campaign. In the end, they just want to make sure their words don’t fall on deaf ears.

“It’s really hard because a lot of time they’re taunting us, saying ‘yeah we’ll get there, we’ll get to that point where we’re going to play.’ But it’s like we’re never going to get there if we don’t actually take action and do something to help be in a place where we can play,” Bowen said.

As of now, the school board hasn’t taken any action on the issue. The players are still looking to begin the season as soon as possible.

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