Another Young Female Athlete Injured by Unsafe MIAA Policies. Sign the Petition to Protect MA Girls!

MFI is asking all of our supporters to sign and share a petition to protect girls sports in Massachusetts. You can find the petition below. Here are the details: 

In case you missed it, Massachusetts is once again the site of another attack on fairness in women’s sports – this time in basketball. KIPP Academy in Lynn, MA has a male player on its girls’ basketball roster, even though the school offers a boys’ program. The player is reported to be more than 6 feet tall and towers over the girls on the team. During KIPP’s recent game vs. Collegiate Charter School of Lowell, Collegiate’s coach opted to forfeit the game, leaving at halftime. When asked why the team left, Collegiate’s Athletic Director Kyle Pelczar stated the coach felt his players were getting injured throughout the game and he needed to preserve the players’ health for their upcoming playoffs.

While both schools declined to comment on whether the male player was directly responsible for the injuries, a video surfaced of the game that clearly shows the male player injuring at least one female player.

Further investigation has revealed that this male player also played on KIPP Academy’s girls’ volleyball and track teams, where he dominated his female competition.

We told you back in November 2023 about a male field hockey player from Swampscott who seriously injured a female Dighton-Rehoboth player during a varsity game. The video of that injury was particularly striking in its severity. This recent incident in Lynn is yet another example of the natural physical advantages that male athletes have and the dangerous consequences for female athletes when they are forced to face them during competition.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the governing body that makes the rules for school sports in Massachusetts, doesn’t allow boys to play on girls’ teams when there’s a boys’ team available, because they know the safety issues this would pose – that is, unless a boy identifies as a girl. When that happens, the MIAA requires schools to let boys play on the girls’ team. In these cases, biological females are put at an unnecessary and increased risk of injury. Common sense tells us that girls should compete with other girls, yet the MIAA seems determined to prioritize ideology over the health of their female student-athletes.

In a recent Boston Herald article, the MIAA provided a comment that ultimately fell flat and failed to address the issue at hand. “The MIAA has been made aware of an incident at a girls’ basketball game between Collegiate Charter School of Lowell and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. The MIAA continues to serve as a resource to its member schools as they navigate the facts of the matter at the local level.”

How many more girls will get hurt before responsible adults take a stand to protect them? How many more girls will lose their seat on a team to a boy, or miss out on scholarship opportunities because they are forced to compete with biological males?

It’s time for the MIAA to do what is right. It’s time they protect girls’ sports. MFI has put together a petition that demands that they do just that. Make your voice heard by signing it today and emailing the MIAA directly! And please share this petition with your family and friends!

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