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High School Coach Fired After Rejecting Mandate That Track Runners Wear Masks

A New Hampshire high school track and field coach said he was fired for refusing to force his team to wear masks during races. Bradley Keyes, who has been coaching at Pembroke Academy for four years, wrote on his blog that the school informed him that athletes would be required to wear masks when they compete, in accordance with the recommendations from New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA). The NHIAA, which oversees high school sports across the state, recommends that athletes wear masks in all track and field events, except those involving throwing and jumping hurdles. It also orders that 6-feet of physical distancing must be maintained at all times, and specifically bans supporting or encouragement of gestures such as hugging, hand shaking, and fist bumps. Keyes shared a “Fire Me if You Must” email he sent to Pembroke athletic director, in which he declared he would rather lose the …

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