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Lancaster-Lebanon League member schools plan 'Light Up the Night' event to honor spring athletes, Class of 2020

On Wednesday, member schools around the league will light their stadium lights for 20 minutes beginning at 8:20 p.m.
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The lights shine on an empty football stadium at Richfield High School Wednesday night, April 8, 2020, in Richfield, Minn. Seeking to brighten spirits amid the virus outbreak, the symbolic act of turning on the lights became a movement — fueled by social media with the hashtag #BeTheLight — across the country.

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — A number of Lancaster-Lebanon League member schools will honor spring sports athletes and the Class of 2020 by participating in a "Light Up the Night" event on Wednesday, according to various social media accounts.

Beginning at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in military time), stadium lights at schools around the league will be illuminated for 20 minutes. They will stay on for 20 minutes while the scoreboard clock counts down. 

May 20 signifies the official completion of the L-L League spring season, had it gone on as scheduled. 

Most schools are permitting supporters to drive by the stadiums to honk horns, show signs and make noise as a show of support, but all gatherings on school campuses are not allowed. Spectators are asked to remain inside their vehicles.

Based on an idea that originated in Texas, scoreboards in lighted stadiums will display the score 20-20 in honor of this year’s graduating class. Fourth and 19 will be shown as the down and distance, signifying that COVID-19 is on its final down.