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A Message to PEACE Friends and Family on COVID-19

To all our PEACE families —

Let me first say that we are thinking of all of you at this very strange and disruptive time for our world community.  Hoping you and yours are feeling well, and attending to your health and the health of everyone you might connect with by following the protocols we have learned will mitigate the spread of this virus.

As for Stamford Peace and our Beyond Limits Academic Program, we want to make you aware of the following actions we have taken:

PEACE Basketball — we take great pride in the fact that PEACE is a family in which we have each other’s backs to the fullest extent possible.  In light of the current environment, we have placed our AAU programs (at least 7 teams) on temporary hold until at least the end of the month.  At the same time, we have temporarily suspended the requirement that you pay any registration fees, pending consideration of the length and number of tournaments we end up with over the course of the spring/summer season.  We will be in touch as we know more, and/or determine that a gym full of boys and girls would not be posing undue risk to players and families.  Similarly, our seasonal clinics and camps have been temporarily postponed until further notice.

Beyond Limits — with the closing of the Stamford Public Schools last week, we also temporarily halted our after-school and Saturday academic tutoring and enrichment activities.  We are exploring ways to resume these activities — remotely, using technology — in the near future; and will keep you posted in this regard.  As with all things relating to Beyond Limits, if you have any questions please reach out to Andy Sklover at andy@beyondlimitsacademics.com.

As you can appreciate, the greatest risk right now (at least until testing is more widespread) is not those who know they are presently carrying the virus, but rather those who don’t know.  As a result, the unintended consequence of getting kids together — in the gym or otherwise — is that we unknowingly help spread the virus by their interactions.  Thus, we will err on the side of caution, even as we know that exercise, team play and social connection can be the greatest source of solace in some of life’s most challenging times.

That said, we want to keep a ball and a book in the hands of our young people (as a periodic substitute for a smart phone or other device, which we know they’ll have) Thus, at least every couple of days for so long as this crisis persists, we plan to send out some basketball teaching or individual drill references for your son or daughter to try out.  In addition, I know Andy Sklover will be continuing to push out to our email distribution list and via our social media outlets academic materials and other information which will keep your child armed for academic success even as they’re away from the classroom at this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and provide material updated accordingly.  Below are links you may find useful:

• CT Department of Health Information on COVID-19 
• Town of Stamford Health Information on COVID-19 
• Stamford Health- COVID-19 Update
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• World Health Organization (WHO) Information about Coronavirus 
• US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Situation Summary 

While our offices will be closed at least through this coming week, we will be working from home and remain fully available to you remotely.  Should you need to contact us, please do not hesitate to do so either at our direct email addresses that you have or for general inquiries at info@peaceyouthct.org.  We will be in touch, and look forward to hearing from you as well.


Wishing you PEACE, health and success always.

— Coach K

#MindBodySpirit
#speedbumpnostopsign
#PEACE


We would also like to share with you, for perspective, a poignant letter written by our Coach K to his Trinity Catholic basketball team in the aftermath of the cancellation of the Connecticut State Championship tournament earlier this week.