ASAA: Tourneys will go on as planned

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2003

In a statement released Wednesday, the Alaska School Activities Association said its state basketball championships, as well as other state activities, would continue as planned despite war with Iraq.

The decision to continue with the tournaments, the ASAA statement said, did not mean that the organization believes that interscholastic activities are more important than a war involving the United States, but rather that holding the tournaments was a good step toward helping Alaskans continue with day to day, normal lives in the face of adversity.

"In many communities across Alaska, a high school sporting event brings people together in a unified manner more than anything else. We need that unification, that spirit, that camaraderie, right now.

"We recognize that not everyone will agree with this decision, but we believe that it is the appropriate response at this time," the statement said.

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