Let the girls play!!

Let the girls play!!

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Grace Kim started this petition to Ofy and

Options for youth or OFY is a charter school. For this charter school they have sports. The next round of sports they are doing is flag football. The problem is they will not let the girls play flag football. There are several girls who would like to participate. Some of which are seniors who will not be able to play next year. The girls are not able to play, because of the rules ofy accepted. One big one is title nine which states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Ofy stressed that they have to follow this rule. However, the purpose of title 9 is to ensure equal opportunity amongst all sexes and genders, in this case it is regarding sports. Instead, they are using title nine to excuse the unequal opportunity present in ofy sports. Many of their arguments contradict themselves. In the past, ofy had coed sports. So why now are they unable to? Another reason, they say girls are unable to play is because of possible injury or liability. I know that it may be a concern that girls would be easily injured in the sport, but flag football is not a contact sport. This means in the rules it explicitly states tackling is not allowed. I believe that it is the individual players decision and responsibility to understand these risk when participating in any sport. As well I have been told that girls playing flag football would be a liability issue, however I do not understand why this would be a problem or a concern. If it is thought that girls bodies are not "strong enough" to handle this noncontact sport, then guys with the same or lower BMI should also not be allowed to play. It would be easier for all parties to simply let both genders/sexes play all sports provided by ofy. Please make a difference and sign this petition. :)

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