State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to end her suspension of winter contact sports and allow student-athletes in Michigan schools to participate in all sports.
Bellino said sports play a critical role in shaping the character of student-athletes, teaching them teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy lifestyle choices.
“It doesn’t make any sense why our kids can’t play sports when it can be done safely,” Bellino said. “I’ve now heard from dozens of concerned parents in Monroe and Wayne counties telling me their kids are devastated. For some, this was what their kids worked for since elementary school. They trained hard and stayed focused in their academics, all to potentially earn a scholarship for college. Now what?”
The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s COVID testing program has conducted more than 30,000 rapid tests on student athletes over the last month, and 99.8 percent have been negative.
“I am calling on Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to do the right thing for Michigan athletes,” Bellino said. “Sports are what some kids are most passionate about – they’re what have shaped them into who they are today.
“Our coaches and student-athletes were preparing to get back in the game for another season, all to have Gov. Whitmer take yet another part of their lives away. Parents and children deserve a better explanation behind her actions, because frankly, science and common-sense don’t line up with her demands at all.”
Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, released the following statement in regard to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) decision to adjust its vaccination tracking numbers to include inoculations of Michiganders vaccinated in other states.
State Rep. Joe Bellino yesterday sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer condemning her hypocritical behavior last weekend. The governor was pictured at an East Lansing basement restaurant violating state health department COVID-19 orders.
State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today questioned the governor for taking more than 12 months to determine a data-based reopening plan for the state of Michigan, but welcomed many of the science-backed changes. Bellino said Michiganders are ready to resume normal life and noted how important many of the updated metrics will be for that process.