The Greater Metro Conference is a high school athletic conference which consists of ten schools near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference was formed in 1997 and is recognized as one of the best in the State of Wisconsin both in terms of academics and athletics. Even in its infancy, the Conference established itself as a preeminent collection of some of the best high schools in Wisconsin. The GMC is a place where the pursuit of academic excellence is the definitive goal.
The Conference’s work ethic and strong values have translated into
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As I am sure, you are aware Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday directed the Department of Health Services, the state agency tasked with managing COVID-19, to issue the order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools in Wisconsin indefinitely. The order affects all public instruction and extracurricular activities. I know how much of an impact this has had on so many of you in so many ways.
Since 1999, I have prided myself on the relationships I have built with "Stakeholders" in the amazing communities of the Greater Metro Conference. As news continues to develop regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as coronavirus, I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that I as the GMC Commissioner am mindful of the health, safety, and welfare concerns for you, your family members and our community during this challenging time.
Because of this, any athletic events are postponed until at least 4/13/20. This is a fluid situation, and competition may resume even later in the spring. We all have to accept the possibility that the entire spring season could be canceled, as was done by the NCAA. Please let this be a formal indication that any games involving Greater Metro Conference Schools until April 13, 2020, will not be played. Some GMC schools are going to be out even longer. Please keep an eye on things because other events currently scheduled may be canceled as well also if some competition resumes potentially on April 13, 2020.
I empathize with how challenging that this is for so many of our incredible student-athletes dealing with a tremendous amount of adversity, including losing out on the opportunity to compete with all the hard work and passion that they've put into their particular sport or activity including several schools that were going to compete in the WIAA state tournament finals for winter sports. I also feel the disappointment and loss not only for the athletes but so many other people involved in high school athletics, including parents, coaches officials, so many students that attend these events to support the student-athletes. I am also aware that this is a financial hardship for many of you, including officials. My thoughts go out to anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus.
As a conference, we continue to closely monitor this situation and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This situation is changing rapidly, and we will continue to monitor events as they occur. Thank you again for your continued support of our schools in high school athletics in the great State of Wisconsin. I will be communicating with the schools over the next several days as we plan on how to move forward. I understand this is a difficult time, and we want to assure you that the health and wellness of our communities, including our athletes, coaches, fans and officials and their families, is of high priority.
Thank you for your commitment to high school athletics.
With My Usual Great Enthusiasm!
Brian A. Henson, E.A.
Greater Metro Conference Commissioner
The GMC is committed to a competitive environment where sportsmanship and fair play take center stage. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or within the community, the student-athletes, administrators, coaches and game officials of the GMC support the highest ideals in sportsmanship.