Petition urges mayor to provide field permits to youth sports organizations for the fall

A petition with nearly 8,000 signatures is making waves for youth sports organizations in the Bronx.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2020, 8:13 PM

Updated 1,370 days ago

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A petition with nearly 8,000 signatures is making waves for youth sports organizations in the Bronx. 
South Bronx United Soccer Club created the petition to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City parks commissioner to immediately provide field permits to youth sports organizations for the fall. 
Without these permits, organizations can’t provide resources to children. 
Brothers Jeremy and Julian Dilone have played on South Bronx United for a year and say they are frustrated knowing that their fall soccer season may not go on.
Since the Parks and Recreation Department announced that it won’t issue field permits, South Bronx United penned a letter to the mayor and started a petition. 
"We have gyms and bowling alleys open, we have schools starting to open even with indoor classrooms, and we're being told we can't start to provide youth sports outside,” said South Bronx United Executive Director Andrew So. 
The Parks and Recreation Department tells News 12 that it will continue to reassess its ability to issue permits later this fall. 
"Mental health, social-emotional well-being and I think everyone knows that I think even the mayor knows how important it is for youth to be participating,” said So. 
South Bronx United says it will follow all New York state health guidelines if it does get permits and access to fields. 
It says it will have all its players wear masks when they’re not actively playing.
 


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