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GoFundMe effort established to pay for APS athletes’ litigation against the state

The fight to return Albuquerque Public Schools athletes to their sports is being taken to the next level.

On Monday afternoon, a GoFundMe page — Let Them Play – New Mexico — was established, with the hope of raising $30,000 to pay for litigation against the state.

A portion of a message on the page reads: “On behalf of our student-athletes, who have already suffered so much due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to file a lawsuit and/or an injunction to allow them to play the sports they love. All funds raised would go toward litigation and any fees incurred in this process.”

The page makes reference to both the State of New Mexico and the Public Education Department, and it also speaks about athletes being “held hostage” by the decision makers at the PED and the governor’s office.

At current, APS athletes cannot play a sport because the district is in a remote learning model. Only districts that have shifted to hybrid learning models have been approved to compete in a New Mexico Activities Association-sanctioned sport by the PED.

A couple of hundred people, many of them athletes, demonstrated on Sunday afternoon outside APS district headquarters, protesting the decision by the APS board of education last week to keep the district in remote learning.

The page’s organizer is listed as AnnaMarie Garcia, who is the parent of a La Cueva High football player.

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