Six Utah girls suing for chance to play high school football

June 27, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
A group of girls are suing three Utah school districts, alleging they are not treated fairly because the schools do not provide girls-only football programs.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims “[The] districts fail to provide equal treatment and benefits to girls as they do boys because [the] districts give boys the right and opportunity to use the high school football fields, stadiums, facilities, but do not provide girls the same treatment and benefits,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The lawsuit also names the district superintendents and the Utah High School Activities Association.

From the article:

One of the high school students helped form the Utah Girls Tackle Football League in 2015, the suit states. Within a week of the league opening, 50 girls had registered, according to the suit. The following year, participation grew to 100 girls, and in 2017, 200 girls joined, according to the suit.

Girls would rather play for high school teams than for recreational teams, the parents write in the suit, because they’d have the support of cheerleaders and a band and could earn accolades that are considered by colleges.

They also could compete for regional and state championships, earn school credit for physical education classes, and could have their accomplishments documented by school and local newspapers, the suit says.

One district spokesman said the school would consider adding girls football if it were sanctioned by the state athletic association. Another said there wasn’t enough interest from girls who wanted to join the boys team.

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