All three Putnam City public schools football teams plan to protest to demand better communication from the district, after it put a hold on all sports practices, rehearsals, games, and events due to COVID-19.
Protesters said players will wear their jerseys and everyone will wear their masks in front of the Putnam City District administration offices near Northwest 40th Street and Ann Arbor Ave at 3:45 p.m. on Monday.
The teams are asking protesters to only make positive signs with slogans like “Let us play” and “We matter”.
On Friday, Putnam City Schools sent an email to parents and students announcing the changes to after-school activities, after Oklahoma County moved to the orange or “moderate” level on the COVID-19 Alert System. The announcement also came out right before two Putnam City schools’ football games.
The district said it will go over the new numbers this Friday to decide if after-school activities will start back up.
Coaches and parents told News 9 they were worried these changes would hurt their students’ future and success.
“We have a lot of kids in sports programs that need to continue to compete, whether it’s a band competition [or a] softball game, in order to help pay for college,” said Ryan Laverty, the head football coach at PC North High School.
“For a person like me, football has legitimately saved my life, coming as an underprivileged kid coming to play football,” said PC football coach Rufus Alexander.