As Illinois moved to loosen some restrictions on restaurants, various retail settings and public spaces, youth sports directors and coaches described themselves as “floating” or “trapped” between the desire to help kids return to sports and some serious challenges posed by COVID-19.
“Limbo. That’s absolutely how I describe where I am right now,” Kedric Prince said Friday. “I love the game of basketball. Basketball is my life — but I want people to be safe. I want people to live.”
Prince is the director of QC Ballers — an AAU basketball program that features teams for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11. Each year, QC Ballers has between 14 to 16 teams with 120 to 170 young athletes competing.