It was confirmed recently by Thom Simmons, assistant commissioner of the CIF Southern Section, that the organization received some much-needed federal funding due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is being reported that almost $500,000 was issued from the federal government’s Payment Protection Program to help make up for the funding that was lost in the southern section over the past six months because of the pandemic.

Because of the untimely spread of COVID-19, the Southern Section canceled the spring sports championships after all high school sports were shut down in March of this year. The Payment Protection Program was set up to offer loans that helped businesses keep their workforces employed and operations going during the pandemic.

The CIF Southern Section receives federal funding to help make up for revenue that was lost over the past six months last because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Valley News/Courtesy photo

“The loan is expected to be forgiven and will not have to be paid back,” Simmons said. “It was very much needed and crucial to help the Southern Section make up for lost revenue.”

The CIF Southern Section oversees nearly 600 schools and sports fees for all sports for the 2020-2021 year are due to the Southern Section Oct. 1 and are non-refundable. With high school sports not guaranteed this school year due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it will be interesting to see if schools send their payments to CIF-SS on time or ask for extensions until there is more certainty about sports being played this school year.

The exact total of the loan was $456,100, which was used in July and it is being used in August to make up for the complete loss of revenue from the spring 2020 playoffs, as well as the adjusted partnership agreements that also resulted in lower income during that time period.

High school sports in Southern California are slated to begin toward the end of December, with high school football action proposed to start in January 2021. Valley News/AC Sports photo

“We bring in no revenue during the summer, so all three seasons of sports are how we continue to operate during the summer,” Simmons said. “The loan will also be used as part of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.”

The CIF State announced in July that the 2020-2021 high school sports calendar will not begin until the end of December, with high school football slated to start in January. For more information from the Southern Section offices, visit http://www.cifss.org.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.