WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- For years, education leaders in the District have tried to better incorporate charter school athletics into the grand scheme of things. On Wednesday, those longstanding efforts became a reality.
On behalf of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Mayor Vincent Gray announced the creation of the D.C. State Athletic Association (DCSAA).
Starting this upcoming fall, the DCSAA will crown statewide champions in boys' and girls' cross country, boys' and girls' soccer and football. Teams from the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA), Washington Charter School Athletic Association (WCSAA) and local independent and non-public schools will be divided into Division I and II teams to compete for citywide titles.
Statewide Director of Athletics Clark Ray will be overseeing the transformation and hopes these championship games will help unify the city.
"One of Mayor Gray's ongoing initiatives is to change what school athletic success looks like in the District of Columbia; establishing the DCSAA allows us to do just that," said Ray at Wednesday's press conference at KIPP DC in Southeast.
Ray also said that the inaugural season of the DCSAA will be a transitional year and a learning experience.
There are some who worry about eligibility issues and the added rules and regulations despite education officials' hopes that the DCSAA will increase students' participation in sports and attract more interest from college coaches.
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