College football parents band together in effort to hold schools accountable

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More than 100 players have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting several schools across the country to at least temporarily shut down voluntary workouts. Schools such as Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Washington State have asked players to sign documents that are explicitly, or could be interpreted as, liability waivers before allowing them to join voluntary on-campus workouts. This has prompted Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., to introduce legislation that would make such waivers illegal.

Chris Hinton and Mya Whitmore-Hinton, a husband-and-wife team from suburban Atlanta, have launched College Football Parents 24/7, a group that aims to give parents a voice “to address issues that deal with the well-being of our student athletes.”

The group has attracted more than 1,000 members since launching in May.

College Football Parents 24/7 is drafting a letter seeking information from the NCAA and athletic directors about COVID-19 issues, including who will be responsible for the care of any players who suffer long-term health problems from COVID-19 contracted while playing football.

“That’s the beauty of the group, that as a unified, collective voice, we can ask that,’’ Chris Hinton said. “And it’s not one parent that a school can dismiss as being a wacky parent or a helicopter parent. This is over 1,000 parents who say, ‘Yes, I want to know that.’ ”

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