A girls basketball team at a Christian high school in Vermont forfeited the state’s playoff tournament last week because it refused to compete against a team with a transgender athlete who is male.
“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” said Vicki Fogg, head of the Mid Vermont Christian School. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”
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MVCS, the No. 12 seed, abandoned the Tuesday game against Long Trail School in Dorset, according to Valley News. The team didn’t believe the competition was fair to the girls competing in the game.
Lauren Thomas, assistant executive director for the Vermont Principals’ Association, said she received a letter form MVCS stating the girls’ team would not compete in the tournament, though the notice did not elaborate on the reason for the forfeit.
MVCS’ decision to pull out of the game sent the Long Trail team from the No. 5 to No. 4 seed.
“I have received calls (from schools) asking for best practices and how to go forward knowing they were going to play a team with a transgender female on it,” explained Thomas. “We just supported our stance and our best practices through our inclusivity statement.”
Vermont law, it should be noted, allows transgender females — that is, males — to compete on girls’ sports teams.
MVCS sent a letter to the state’s Agency of Education, requesting permission to receive public tuition funding while also maintaining its right not to follow all of Vermont’s anti-discrimination laws.
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