With the incidence rate of COVID-19 continuing to increase locally, Georgetown County Parks and Recreation will cancel tackle football for the fall season, it announced today. The parents of all children who were signed up to participate in the program should receive a call from department staff by the end of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Participants will have the option of receiving a refund of their registration fee or transferring to either the county’s fall flag football or cross country programs.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but we believe it was the responsible and prudent decision,” said Loren Wallace, recreation manager. “Georgetown County Parks and Recreation has remained open and provided services throughout this pandemic, and the only reason we have been able to do that is by taking precautionary measures and making prudent choices. That is what we are continuing to do.”
As a contact sport, tackle football is considered to be a high risk for transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, the age group eligible to participate in youth tackle football is not yet eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.
“We believe this is the right decision for the well-being of the kids and the community. That comes first in everything we do,” Wallace said.
Registration for cross country and flag football will remain open through Aug. 23. Georgetown County Parks and Recreation will take additional precautions this season to help ensure youth can participate in these programs safely.
For more information or to register, call (843) 545-3320 or visit gtcparks.org.