Jim Harbaugh cancels satellite camp in American Samoa due to Zika virus concerns
Michigan’s satellite camp tour was scheduled to end with a trip to the American Samoa, but coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to cancel the camp out of concerns regarding the Zika virus.
John Raynar, the communications director at the Republican party of the American Samoa, announced Harbaugh’s cancellation on his Facebook page.
“The Jim Harbaugh American Samoa Gridiron camp that was slated to happen on Thursday has been cancelled due to the fears of the Zika Virus,” Raynar said in a statement. “It was announced (in mid-June) that Harbaugh and his wife Sarah were expecting a baby. Sources say their (family’s) doctor advised them to skip American Samoa’s football camp as the Zika virus poses significant health risks to pregnant women.”
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, but it can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and can result in birth defects.
Harbaugh was expected to travel to American Samoa from Hawaii, where he had hosted two camps for high school and grade school players. His trip to Hawaii might have prompted him to offer a scholarship to incoming ninth-grade quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava.