The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on April 15 officially announced the cancellation of all athletic events for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

The announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Bill Lee’s recommendation April 15 that schools will need to stay closed for the remainder of the spring semester.

“This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly,” Brad Childress, TSSAA executive director, said. “We thank all of the participants, their coaches, administrators, parents and everyone else who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time, passion and effort to high school athletics, especially these affected events.

“To our senior participants, we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures,” he added. “This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime. We look forward to the resumption of high school athletics during the 2020-21 school year and will continue work on those events at this time. The TSSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.”

Information will be given to member schools regarding summer athletic activities in regard to the sports calendar at a date in the near future.