Let her play !

We call on her school to let Maddy play on the football team and we will send this to President Obama to improve women's access to sport.

For us this isn't a private vs. a public education. It's not religion vs. non-religion. This is a human rights issue. Here is a girl who was allowed to play and played well. A determined girl who gave it her all and made a positive name for herself on the team. An athlete who wore the same uniform and met the same standards as her teammates. A person who lost it all for the sole reason she is a female.

“Courage isn’t a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.”
-Jon Pertwee, The 3rd Doctor

When I first learned of the schools decision that I was kicked off the team, it was never a matter of what's next. I've always tried to make the conscious decision to do what is right and to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Most of the short stories I write involve two main characters who equally fight for wrongs be made right.

I assumed that most people would agree that the school's decision and reasons were wrong, biased, and discriminatory. We live in a time where females should be well received when they meet the required standards. "Should" being word in question. I am fully aware of what I am capable of on and off the field. If I couldn't handle myself I wouldn't be here right now. The fact is I proved that I could play and deserved to remain a part of the team. I was wronged by those I trusted like family and I cannot sit still and let this pass.

I watched my baby sisters, ages 2 and 1, while my mom finished laundry. When I look at them I know that I must continue to fight. Football is only a small slice of how women can be perceived. Why is it so difficult to see that there are women physically and mentally capable of handling themselves? My mom and I have talked about that a lot lately. I think this starts with teaching kids from a young age that gender doesn't matter. It's the person and ability that counts.

“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”-David Tennant, The 10th Doctor.

I want to be someone that truly lives.

Thank you for continuing to stand beside me and spreading the word. Together we will make a difference.

-Maddy

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