Seemingly football is not a proper sport for girls in parts of Georgia. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution-
Kacy Stuart was a kicker on a public school football team last year but apparently doesnâ€™t have what it takes to be a part of a private league. Sheâ€™s not a boy.
The 14-year-old high school freshman from Spalding County learned Thursday night â€” while team pictures were being shot â€” that she was being booted off the field. But her mother said she isnâ€™t going down without a fight.
For two months, Kacy Stuart practiced with the school team, the Crusaders, at New Creation Center, a private Christian academy in McDonough, but was told Thursday she couldnâ€™t be on the team.
â€œWeâ€™ll file for an injunction if we have to,â€ Angie Stuart said Friday. â€œWeâ€™ll do whatever it takes to keep her on the team.â€
For two months, Kacy practiced with the school team, the Crusaders, at New Creation Center, a private Christian academy in McDonough. She participated in drills and even played a scrimmage game Aug. 23.
But a couple of weeks ago, Angie Stuart said, Hank St. Denis, executive board chairman of the Georgia Football League, realized a girl had been accepted onto one of its football teams. St. Denis overruled New Creationâ€™s decision to let her join the team.
â€œHe said she canâ€™t play simply because sheâ€™s a girl,â€ Stuart said.
When she heard the decision, Kacy cried.
â€œShe has college potential,â€ her mother said. â€œAnd sheâ€™s willing to give up her life here to move to her dadâ€™s [home] in south Georgia, enroll in public school there and play football. Thatâ€™s how much she loves this game.â€
Efforts to reach St. Denis Friday through phone and e-mail messages were unsuccessful.
Kacy kicked for a junior high team that made the state finals last year. Because her family moved, Kacy had to find a school in another county to attend.
The Georgia Football League’s decision is simply idiotic. There have been instances of girls kicking for HS football teams for at least a decade, and in at least one case for a NCAA team. Are these people in Georgia still living in the 19th century?
As the Georgia Football League is a private organization, a legal fight may be difficult. Maybe with enough bad publicity these people will change their minds.
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