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Student-athletes adjusting to governor's stay-at-home order

Posted at 11:33 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 00:37:20-04

LAFAYETTE — Staying active while in quarantine is a must. Some are staying in shape by working out at home, but for some, the outdoors plays a crucial role.

Some student-athletes from St. Thomas More Catholic High School are used to being on the go, but with Governor John Bel Edwards' new stay-at-home order in place, they're making some changes.

"We like to hang out with groups of people, and that's kind of hard," said student-athlete Noah Frederick. "Now, we just text a small group of people to go play baseball, do other stuff."

There are some do's and don'ts of the governor's stay-at-home order. Do not play on the playground. Do exercise, but be mindful about social distancing. Keep at least six feet between you and another person, and don't congregate in groups of more than 10 people.

"Before I came here, my mom was harping on me, saying, 'Make sure you're six feet away,' and I'm just like, 'Yes, ma'am.' It's kind of hard to remember the six-feet thing," admitted Frederick. "But, around a lot of people in public, I think that's necessary because you don't know."

The students say faculty members at their school are doing a great job with helping them stay on track.

"Our strength and conditioning program has this app, and they just push us workouts and stuff," said student-athlete Jaxon Manuel. "They keep us active at home, providing alternatives."

The boys believe there are ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

"I think as long as you're staying true to yourself, just like knowing how you feel, how your body feels, staying hydrated, right diet, staying active, I think we'll be okay as a whole," said student-athlete Iggie Castille.

The stay-at-home order is in effect until April 13 unless extended.