Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shabbos Conflicting With Sports

Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy's boys team has worked hard and could find themselves in the regional championship should they win today's game. The problem is that the championship game would take place on shabbos (sabbath). The team has stated that if this doesn't change they will have no choice but to forfeit the game. The decision makers are the Colorado High School Activities Association and they rejected the proposal of accommodating the teams religious practices.

"If Herzl/RMHA makes it to the regional championship and refuses to play a Saturday game, another school would be chosen to take its place," CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader said.
Reader said CHSAA can't accommodate everyone. We speak for 110,000 athletes and 340 member schools that all have different needs and desires. It's impossible for us to be all things for all people," he said. "(Herzl/RMHA) joined in 2002 with the full understanding that sundown Friday to sundown Saturday is a prime time for high school athletics, and they voluntarily joined anyway."

Both Republican and Democrat State Senators are working to resolve this conflict in hopes that the team can see it's dream come to fruition.

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