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We're Open, Tallahassee: i9 Sports teaches sportsmanship with 'Return to Play Safely' protocol

Posted at 6:01 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 18:01:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

Local sports franchise i9 Sports is giving you and your young ones a new way to stay active during a pandemic.

i9 Sports is a national youth sports league for children ages three to 14, where they all have a chance to play on a team while learning sportsmanship values.

In the Big Bend area, there are two locations including Northside Community Center where Erica "Coach E" Cucinella also serves as the assistant program director and site coordinator.

After canceling their entire program due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cucinella says it wasn't until this summer they were able to resume, but with new changes.

"We made a lot of changes to how we do what we do," said Cucinella. "i9 corporation put out a 'Return to Play Safely' protocol. That included having masks for players and staff, sanitizing before and after games, no high-fives, and then no concessions. No team snacks, things like that."

In addition to i9 Sports implementing a 'Return to Play Safely' protocol, they also enforce social distancing and crowd control at all games and practices.

For more information about i9 Sports, click here.

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