is the first girl to play football for Southampton Academy in Virginia
-- and she's a starter who racked up four sacks in a single game
earlier this year.
But despite her talent, Mina
was forced to sit out two games this football season because of a
backwards rule: She wasn't allowed to play because she's a girl.
from two rival schools threatened to forfeit their games against
Southampton's Raiders if Mina played. Both teams are part of the North
Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, a conference that
doesn't allow girls to play on boy's teams -- even if no equivalent
team exists for girls.
While boys still
outnumber girls in high school sports, Title IX has helped level the
playing field dramatically over the past 40 years. Researchers studying
the regulation's impact have shown that girls who participate in
sports are more active, do better in school, and go to college in
higher numbers than girls who don't play sports. It's hard to imagine any school or conference would want to roll back that progress.
If enough people
join Adrienne's campaign protesting the unfair treatment Mina
received, the conference will have to change its policy -- allowing
Mina to play against its teams next year, and making sports more
accessible for girls across North Carolina.
According to her coach, Mina is "an example for the team of how to hustle and work hard." It's
time for the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association to
support female student athletes like Mina, and let them play. Sign Adrienne's petition to keep the pressure on the conference: