Parents vow to keep fighting after Clark County School District cancels fall sports

The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 20:34:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County School District has officially canceled fall sports.

In a letter sent to CCSD principals Friday, the district's director of student athletics announced the cancellation of fall sports season, which had been delayed because of COVID-19.

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The impacted fall sports include cross country, football, girls golf, soccer, tennis, girls volleyball and middle school basketball.

Parents of student-athletes are vowing to fight the decision.

“I don’t want to get riled up. I want answers," said Nicole Goughnour, the mother of a Coronado High School senior.

"I want my son to experience his senior year," she said. "There was no way of him knowing that his last football game was when he was a junior. This is so painful and they don’t care.”

Goughnour and her husband recently started a Facebook group called Let Them Play NV, advocating for and pushing for CCSD to allow high school athletes to resume sports. The group has grown to more than 500 members.

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Goughnour said she has also sent letters to Gov. Steve Sisolak, CCSD Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara and other prominent leaders to push for the students to be able to play, citing student mental health as a big reason to play.

CCSD issuing a statement Friday:

CCSD has made the difficult decision to cancel Fall sports for the 2020-21 school year. Fall sports were scheduled to resume in February 2021 after postponement at the start of the school year due to COVID.