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WNY student starts petition to bring back winter sports

Posted at 10:35 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 22:35:46-05

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Every year Braeden Grzybek looks forward to playing hockey. He was especially looking forward to it this year.

“You go out on the ice and forget about everything that is happening in your life. You focus directly on hockey and you blur out everything else,” said Grzybek.

The Starpoint High School Sophomore was disappointed to hear the decision on Friday to cancel this year's winter season championships and continue to postpone any high-risk sports. That includes hockey. Other high-risk sports include basketball and wrestling.

“Especially this team with the juniors and seniors, they’re losing out the most because these are the years that really matter with their final push,” said Grzybek about students vying for college scholarships. “You miss out on so many opportunities with your teammates, your coaches, your learning opportunities.”

Grzybek formed an online petition to try and get the attention of the NYSPHSAA or the governor to make a change

“We’re willing to adapt to what every we have to in order to play our sport,” added Grzybek.