(HAMPTONROADS) — All Will Brockman wants is to play soccer for a few more years.
“I don’t have a David Beckham or a Tim Tebow on my hands, but he’s not bad,” Sharon Brockman boasts of the 13-year-old son she homeschools in Montgomery County near Christiansburg.
Will plays on a private club team now, but that will end once his contemporaries matriculate into high schools and compete on their varsity teams over the next year or two. And under current Virginia law, Will will watch from the bleachers unless he enrolls in the public schools — something Sharon Brockman says won’t happen.
“If push comes to shove, he won’t play high school soccer either. It’s more important to us that his education be what it is than he gets to play public high school sports,” Sharon Brockman said in a telephone interview.
For years, a bill that would open public school sports teams to home-schooled athletes living in their attendance districts has come before the General Assembly and just as often, it floundered, usually before the Senate Education and Health Committee.