Friday, September 19, 2008

What Year Is This?

I really can’t believe we have not come further. When will talented women and girls be able to play at the level they are meant to? Why can’t a girl be a kicker on a high school team? Come on everyone, let’s break these silly barriers and let those who can and want to play on a certain team do so. Another athlete was kicked off of a team because of gender. Not performance, mind you, gender.

I first heard of Kacy Stuart from Meagan at …Because I Played Sports. Her story has also been featured on ESPN and around the blogosphere. This young lady can easily kick 50 yards. Why ban her? She can play. She has for years. Her family supports her. She is dedicated. She wants to be a kicker.

Megan’s post included a way that all of us could get involved:

Take five minutes and write a letter. Support a girl who breaks gender barriers through athletics. It’s the only way to create change in a world that sometimes resists.

Here is where you can write Hank St. Denis (board member who can facilitate Kacy's participation):

Hank St. Dennis
905 Ferncroft Court
Roswell, Ga. 30075

It is also stated that Hank St. Denis will get the message if you use this contact form.

Stop the silliness – let girls play with the teams they are capable of playing on without artificial restrictions. This is happening too many times. Jamie Nared is facing the same issue in basketball. Fortunately, one young lady does get to play where she fits - Gabby Sanchez. This athlete plays baseball with the guys and does so well.


Lindsay said...

I don't normally write letters like this, but I'm going to send this guy a message. Couldn't hurt. Man that pisses me off when a girl or woman is not allowed to play.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Awesome! I asked him to please reconsider as well.