BREAKING NEWS Safe Space opens emergency shelter during flash flood Full Story
BREAKING NEWS National Weather Service Sacramento issues warnings for Dixie Fire burn scar area Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Over 12,000 PG&E customers without power North State counties Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Highway 70 will remain closed due to mudslides and flooding Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Flash Flood Watch issued for Butte County Full Story
SEVERE WX : Flash Flood Warning - High Wind Warning View Alerts

Let Them Play rallies held in Chico and Redding

Across the state, parents and athletes rallied together, urging health and school leaders to let their kids get back to playing high school sports.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 8:45 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2021 5:04 PM

We have added video coverage of the Chico rally as well, which was held in front of Pleasant Valley High School. Our Chico reporter Amy Lanski covered the rally in Chico. Ana Marie Torrea covered the Redding event in front of Enterprise High School.


REDDING, Calif. – Across the state, parents, and athletes rallied together, urging health and school leaders to let their kids get back to playing high school sports.

In front of Enterprise High School, people rallied together.

Cars who drove by honked in support. While people cheered and waved.

“We're out here because we love the game,” said Jaylen Johnson, a student-athlete at Parsons Junior High School. He plans to sport by the time he gets into high school.

“We just want to play so we can get to college and get recruited.”

People from different schools coming together. Some even coming from as far as Burney. They held their signs saying "Save Our Sports" and "Athletics are Essential".

“It's been really hard,” said Kaitlin Estes, another student-athlete from Burney High School.

“It kind of feels like they just stripped everything away from us if I'm being really honest. I and my classmates have lost a lot of our motivation just because we have nothing to. A lot of us have worked so hard and that's how a lot of us plan to get to college.”

Mark Van Denend, who organized the rally, said the purpose of Friday’s rally was to show support for the kids.

“Kids are powerless in the midst of what adults decide to do and not do,” said Denend. “We wanted to come out and say we support our kids. We think that getting them back to sports is going to help them.”

“Our primary concern is our kids, that's the goal and the focus. We're not trying to distract from that with any political message,” adds Denend.

“We're allowing the NBA play, we're allowing the NFL, and we're allowing professional sports,” said Jonathan Westbrook, a parent at the rally.

“They're getting paid millions. If they can do it safely, then why can't our kids.”

Enterprise High School says Friday’s Let Them Play Rally was not sponsored by the school or the school district.

Shasta County still remains in the purple tier, only low contact sports are allowed. That includes sports such as golf, track and field, and tennis just to name a few.

55° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 55°
58° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 58°
55° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 55°
57° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 57°
Red Bluff
57° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
55° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 55°
A significant weather system will impact our area beginning late tonight, lasting through the day on Monday. This includes a large amount of snow for the mountains, with rain and wind for the valley and foothills. A steady rain will begin to move into our area around 1am Sunday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events