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Hudson sends message to athletes

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Mabank coach gives update on workouts, state of program


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MABANK–With the announcement from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) that all spring activities and State championships are cancelled for the 2019-20 school year, many athletes are left with no ending to their high school sports career.
Many athletes around the area have started to come back to the high schools they last attended in early March to return any athletic gear and to pick up anything they left in their lockers that have sat untouched for over a month.
Mabank Panthers Head Football Coach Zack Hudson recorded a video in front of the Panthers’ weight room Friday morning, sending a message to athletes about not only picking up anything left in their lockers, but a message to the student-athletes on how to stay sharp during this down time.
“We need to prepare ourselves and prepare our bodies,” Hudson said. “You need to get outside, you need to exercise and go through our workouts.”
Hudson said he is encouraged by what he sees from his athletes that post on social media about their at-home workouts.
“We don’t need to lose everything we’ve gained. You can lose a year’s worth of work in about 2.5 to 3 months. Please, get outside, get some fresh air, keep yourself mentally sharp. Wake up in the morning and go to bed at a decent hour. You can get better every day, you just have to make that choice.”  
Hudson also said that for the Mabank male athletes, they will begin using the sportsYou app to deliver more specific messages for football and other athletes, but they will still use Twitter and other social media outlets for messages for everybody.
The sportsYou app helps teams and groups communicate between coaches, players and families. The app includes a team chat, a method to manage all team functions (scheduling, instructing, etc.), a calendar, folders to organize and share files and a media section to save and share photos and videos. Coaches will give players the password so they can connect with each other on the app.
Hudson spoke on the state of the Mabank athletic program as well during the uncertainty of COVID-19.
“We’ve kept the majority of our coaches with very little turnover,” Hudson stated. “I think that attributes a lot to the work that you all have put in.”
Hudson delivered a final message of assurance to athletes that when things do eventually return to normal and athletes can return to school and to the field or court, the coaches and staff will be right there waiting for them.
“We’re not going anywhere, we are here for you all. If you need anything, let us know. We want to keep you all safe but we also want to make sure you stay active so you don’t lose all that hard work that you’ve accomplished over the last couple years.”
Hudson says he is looking forward to the day that the students can  return and what that day will be like.
“We look forward to seeing everybody together. We’ll probably just have a big group hug when everybody gets in here because you are deeply missed. This is why we do it. It’s for you all, and without you all here, it’s just not the same. We love you, and I hope that Panther nation can get through this and when we get back, have smiles on our faces and get back to work.”
Mabank athletes can come pick up anything left in their lockers as the high school May 6. Bags will outside with students’ names attached so they will not have to enter the school. Athletes are guided to check the Mabank Athletic Booster Club’s Twitter account or other social media pages for more information on athletic updates.