JOHNSTON, IOWA (May 29, 2020) — Join Iowa PBS and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) in reliving the incredible action of past soccer seasons and honoring graduating senior team members. "Iowa PBS Sports Soccer Highlights Special," featuring some of the most memorable moments from the girls state soccer championships and more, will premiere live on Facebook and YouTube Saturday, June 13, at 6PM.
With the absence of the 2020 IGHSAU soccer season due to COVID-19, many high school student-athletes lost their chance to take the field. This online special includes game highlights from the 2017-2019 championships and interviews with coaches and players, recorded remotely to capture the thoughts and experiences of those most directly impacted.
"I'm incredibly proud of the Iowa PBS Sports team for their dedication to finding innovative ways to feature Iowa girls," said Iowa PBS Executive Director and General Manager Molly Phillips. "While this is not the way we thought 2020 girls state soccer would be covered, we are honored to provide this service to Iowans - and mark this place in history."
"Iowa PBS Sports Soccer Highlights Special" will also serve as a tribute to the graduating class of 2020, who were unable to play their senior season and experience the milestones that go along with it. Senior players discuss memorable moments, what the sport means to them and what they missed most about the season that never happened.
"It was heartbreaking when we realized that keeping our athletes safe meant that spring sports seasons couldn't be played, but we remain committed to highlighting and supporting the Iowa Girl," said IGHSAU Executive Director Jean Berger. "While nothing can replace the excitement and experience of state championships at Cownie Soccer Complex, we hope this helps fill the void that so many are feeling."
Iowa PBS and the IGHSAU hope that "Iowa PBS Sports Soccer Highlights Special" can provide a space for soccer players, coaches, and fans to connect and reflect on past seasons — all while looking forward to enjoying live soccer again in the future. Viewers are encouraged to interact with each other and share memories using the Facebook and YouTube live-chat functions.
Fans can relive girls state soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball championship action anytime at iowapbs.org/sports. Viewers can also find Iowa PBS programs and extras on their favorite video platform with the PBS Video App, iowapbs.org, Facebook, or YouTube, or stream Iowa PBS .1 live on YouTube TV. The PBS Video App is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast.
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Learn more at iowapbs.org.
About Iowa PBS
Iowa PBS is formerly known as Iowa Public Television. New name. Same essential mission.
As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at iowapbs.org.
About the IGHSAU
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is the only state activity association in the nation solely devoted to promoting, directing, and regulating interscholastic athletics for junior high and high school girls. The IGHSAU works to govern fair, safe, and sportsmanlike interscholastic competition that emphasizes the educational enhancement of all participants.