LISTEN: How are recreational and high school sports leagues around Alaska adapting to the changes that come with competing during a pandemic?

Noorvik and Kiana’s Girls Basketball teams (seen playing here in Kotzebue) both qualified for the 2020 ASAA 1A Basketball tournament. The tournament has been postponed due to coronavirus-related travel concerns. (Wesley Early/KOTZ)

From mountain running to high school football, Alaskans love sports competition. But many races, leagues and teams are on hold during the pandemic. Can some organized activities happen safely? What should determine the fate of high school sports this fall? Join us on the next Talk of Alaska for a discussion on safely returning to organized sports.

HOST: Annie Feidt
GUESTS:

  • Harlow Robinson, Executive Director, Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and The Alaska Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Advisory Council 
  • Mike Illg, Recreation Manager, City of Homer & President-elect, Alaska Recreation & Parks Association
  • Jo Reid, Technical Director, Anchorage Youth Soccer Club
  • Walter Harmon, Head Coach, South High School Football

PARTICIPATE:

Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air).

Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie