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Coed CYO Basketball Team Chooses To Forfeit Their Season Rather Than Kick Their Girls Off The Team

A group of fifth-grade boys and girls from St. John the Apostle School in Clark, NJ have been hitting the hardwood together for the last four years. They’re teammates. More than that, they’re close friends.

That’s why when this CYO basketball team was told by the league director that girls were no longer allowed on the team, the group unified even more. Rather than kick the two ladies off the team, the boys voted and decided to forfeit their final two games of the season, including the playoffs.

One parent told me it’s my decision (whether the girls play), but I said no way, I’m not making this decision for 11 10-year-olds,” says St. John’s coach Rob Martel.

And so even though they were sure of what the answer would be, the parents posed the question to the kids again.

“Is your decision to play the game without the two young ladies on the team, or do you want to stay as a team as you have all year?” asked parent Matthew Dohn. “Show of hands for play as a team?”

Eleven hands shot up in unison. No one raised a hand when asked the alternative. (NJ.com)

Take a look at the video.

These are standup humans already. No doubt.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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