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Thursday, October 8, 2020

St. Paul – Today, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) reversed their position on parents attending high school sporting events. Previously, parents were barred from attending sports activities in which their children participated. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal) offered his reaction:

“The Minnesota State High School League has finally allowed parents to attend their children’s games,” said Rep. Munson. “Frankly, the fact that the MSHSL ever deprived parents of the right to support their children is wrong. Nevertheless, I am glad this problem was corrected. Bureaucracies routinely think they know how to run the lives of others. Instead, the people know what is best for them and their families. In this case, the people stood up, voiced their opinion, and change occurred. That’s how things work in a Republic.”

The new Minnesota State High School League policy regarding spectator attendance allows two spectators to attend a sporting event for every participant in that event. This policy was created in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Education.

“As a father who was prevented from attending my daughter’s volleyball games, I found the MSHSL’s previous policy incredibly frustrating,” said Rep. Munson. “Sporting events are about supporting each other and sharing community. In times such as these, we should not be depriving families of the ability to cheer each other on. As such, I am so proud of the parents who stood up to the MSHSL and won.”