Recently, Maddy Blythe, a 12-year-old girl with hopes of becoming a college football player, was kicked off her Christian school’s football team because the school’s CEO, Patrick Stuart, after prayer felt, “that men and women are created equal but different, and it was the wrong thing to do.”
The football coach at Strong Rock Christian School reluctantly told Maddy that she would no longer be allowed to play on the boy’s football team next season, leaving Maddy and her family devastated.
When contacted by the local NBC station, the school’s athletic director Phil Roberts submitted this statement: “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.”
Maddy’s mother Cassy Blythe, thinks her daughter registered a handful of sacks while playing as a defensive tackle for the Patriots last season and could hold her own on the field just as well, if not better, than the boys.
“Since I started openly talking about this, I have found several other girls in America this has happened to. Girls who could play just as well if not better than their male counterparts being told they cannot compete with boys simply because they are a girl. If a girl can meet the same requirements as the boys they should be allowed to play. We will not place limitations on our daughters. We will teach them to fight harder. We will teach them to take a stand.”
According to Maddy’s mother, in a letter to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the CEO used Scripture and spiritual conviction as his reasoning for no longer allowing the middle-school girl to play on the team:
Her school called me in for a meeting to discuss her future. I was told by the CEO that he did not believe girls should play on boys teams. He was worried 1) the boys might have impure thoughts, 2) the locker room talk might be a bit much for her to handle, 3) boys and girls should not compete in any sport, 4) there are other sports she can play, 5) they are a private school and can make any decision they want, and 6) he prayed about it and this was the right thing to do. He also quoted the Bible by saying that men and women are created equal but different and therefore should not be allowed to play the same sports.
So, what are your thoughts on this case?
Do you think Complementarian beliefs and roles apply to sports? Do you think the CEO had a Scriptural foundation for kicking the girl off the football team or should her skills on the field speak for themselves? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!