Brett Kuczynski stared at his phone for nearly an hour, agonizing over what to text teammates from his small Illinois school. Just weeks before his senior year was supposed to start, high school football in his home state had been canceled over concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, forcing Kuczynski into a decision his friends might not be able to fathom: He was moving to Florida, one of the pandemic’s hot spots, to pursue a major college football scholarship.

“In their eyes, the moving away was quite bizarre,” Kuczynski said. “But for me, it was something that I had to do.”

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