On Aug. 15, Plano ISD announced the difficult decision not to host the second annual out-of-district matchup between Plano Senior High School and Eastwood High School, originally scheduled for Sept. 6. After consulting with local law enforcement agencies, Plano ISD administrators felt obligated to prioritize the safety of the participating players, students, families and communities.
Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip, with the support of the Dallas Cowboys, reached out to Plano ISD on Aug. 16 to offer the use of the Ford Center at The Star. “The Ford Center provides the security needed in this unique circumstance,” said Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser. “This game will be hosted in an ideal facility equipped with built-in safety measures that are not available at our local stadiums.”
Plano ISD is grateful to Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys for their generosity and community spirit. The district reissued an invitation to Ysleta ISD to play on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 5 at The Star in Frisco, and they accepted.
“Today, three school districts came together to find a solution for students that keeps them safe and allows them the opportunity to send a positive message about sportsmanship,” Superintendent Bonser said.
Plano Senior High School Principal Sarah Watkins stated, “I just want to express my appreciation to everyone who stepped forward to assist in making it possible to play this game. It is an absolute pleasure to once again host Eastwood High School and show them the warm hospitality of the Plano Wildcats.”
This information was provided as a press release.