No More Prayer at Some Games

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During the winter, the Nebraska School Activities Association received several complaints about prayers read over PA systems at football playoffs and basketball sub-districts. The complaints lead Executive Director Jim Tenopir to ask for legal advice about what to do. The result was a five-page opinion from consultants stating the NSAA could be held liable for the prayers in a court of law. In response, the NSAA is requesting all schools refrain from public prayer before district games, even if the game is being held at a private school.

The NSAA is sending out a letter to all of its member schools sometime next week to explain their position. The letter lists several court cases which indicate the NSAA could be held liable for prayers at the events they sponsor. Many private schools are waiting to publicly react to the request until after they receive the letter.

The request will not affect any regular season games.