The Supreme Court Takes Up a Sports Tort Case

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted review in Dennehy v. East Windsor Board of Education. The question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s office, is “When an injured high-school athlete asserts a claim alleging that the negligence of the team coach was the cause of her injury, is the claim against the coach subject to the heightened recklessness standard of care that applies to participants in recreational sporting activities under Crawn v. Campo, 136 N.J. 494 (1994)?” In an opinion reported at 469 N.J. Super. 357 (App. Div. 2021) and summarized here, the Appellate Division held that the Crawn standard did not apply.