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New Jersey Girl Who Wasn’t Allowed To Play Basketball On The Boys’ Team Finally Got Her Shot

Earlier this month, we told you about Sydney Phillips, the 13-year-old who was denied the chance to play on her school’s boys’ basketball team.

Phillips played on the girls’ team last year, but not enough girls signed up to play this season. Her school, St. Theresa School (Kenilworth, NJ), claimed that she didn’t fill out her paperwork in time. Her family said that wasn’t true, and believed that other parents didn’t want a girl playing on a boys’ team. So, they sued the school.

Initially, a Judge ruled against the Phillips’ family, but told them they could return to court with more evidence. So, they did. The second time around, the Judge ruled in favor of allowing Phillips on the team.

Her first game was on Sunday, and with the weight of the incident on her shoulders, she still scored a couple of baskets.

After her performance, one of her opponents said, “Man, I was like, ‘what – she’s going to be better than me!?'” (6 ABC News)

The team is now in the playoffs and will have at least one more game.

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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