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District's student-athletes reopening, relishing gift of sports

Chatham Central High School Bears volleyball

BEAR CREEK — Early stocking stuffers for some Chatham County Schools students arrived in the form of opportunities to have sports seasons this school year. COVID-19 was controlling the game clock. But the school system’s administrators countered with a play call enabling the safe resumption of sports, and the district’s coaches and students are deftly executing it. 

Bob Pegram is the athletics director at Chatham Central High School. Before a recent volleyball match at the school, he spent time explaining to a tiny crowd where they specifiically needed to sit in the gym and why. The limited number of fans in the stands — two tickets per student-athlete — was about crowd control toward limiting the spread of COVID-19. It's about respecting pandemic protocol, because that's critical for the continuance of high school athletics. 

Kennedy Cox, Eve Long and Grace Jones play volleyball for Northwood, Jordan-Matthews and Chatham Central high schools, respectively. They are especially grateful to suit up for their senior seasons that at one point looked iffy.

Northwood

Jordan-Matthews

Chatham Central

Published Dec. 5, 2020