CHICAGO –A combination of poor grades and injuries has forced Whitney Young to cancel the rest of its football season this year.
The school said they’re canceling the rest of the season because they cannot get enough eligible players.
The Chicago Tribune reports that state regulations require a 22-member roster for a varsity team. The school’s football roster has dropped to 19 since the beginning of the year.
The principal, Joyce Kenner, said their low numbers are based on injuries and players being academically ineligible.
Interest in football has been declining nationwide.
Team members were trying to be supportive but are understandably disappointed with the school's decision just ahead of what would've been for seniors their last homecoming football game.
Edras Montaro and Le'Mark Russell were senior co-captains of the football team and were both disappointed with the school decision to cancel the rest of their season.
Kenner understands the players frustration, but wasn't left much choice with the roster's recent ineligibility. Kenner says she hopes the team will regroup and come back even better next year.
The entire football team and their parents will be still be recognized at a homecoming soccer game next month. It will continue with spirit week on October 16 that will culminate with the homecoming dance on October 21.