More than 90 student-athletes are celebrating the decision to continue playing at the collegiate level with a scholarship offer.
National Signing Day is held on the first Wednesday in February. It has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding letter of intent to play at a school that is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Student-athletes from Lake Ridge High School, Legacy High School, Mansfield High School, Summit High School and Timberview High School were part of their school’s National Signing Day ceremony on Feb. 5.
MISD has traditionally held a centralized signing day event to recognize all the signing student-athletes with their support systems, but the event was scaled down and hosted at respective schools for the health and safety of the community amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Philip O’Neal, executive director of athletics, said although the event looks a little different, he is happy that the student-athletes are still able to be recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.
“Our student-athletes are students first. They work very hard in the classroom to keep their grades up, and they work equally as hard in their sport,” said O'Neal. “Our mission in the Athletics Department is to promote excellence and build leaders with integrity and confidence through competition, and I’m extremely proud of all of our student-athletes.”
Early signing days were held in November and December. More letters of intent will be signed in April.