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5th grade coed team was asked to kick the girls out, so they forfeited their season instead A Boys Basketball Team Bravely Forfeited Its Season Instead Of Kicking The Girls Off The Squad
Estanislau Duarte | 16 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:11

Parents raise their children hoping they will grow to stand up for what is right, and players on a fifth-grade coed basketball team in New Jersey made their parents proud this past weekend. When asked if they wanted to continue playing as a team, all 11 team members raised their hand in agreement. The girls joined the team four years ago, after being unable to find enough players to form a girls team.

As NJ.com reports, the St. John's squad had been told by the CYO league director that it never should have been allowed to compete as a co-ed team, and for the final two games of the season, the two girls could not play.

Even after they knew they were destroying the season, the team's members clearly didn't care, leading some parents to tear up with pride. But recently the squad, now in the fifth grade, was presented with a hard choice: Drop the girls, per the archdiocese's rules, or forfeit the season.

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Watching those hands go up in the vote after the kids were briefed on the consequences ― the cancellation of the game and no playoffs ― is one of the more touching moments you'll see in sports at any level.

The basketball players on St. John's Catholic school made a tough choice look easy. "It's not fair that we get to move on but they can't", one of the boys said afterward.

"Well, we decided, if the girls can't play we won't play either", Christian, an 11-year-old who plays for the team but did not want to share his last name, told PIX11 News on Tuesday. "We're not gonna ditch them, and its a team", Christian said. Instead, the team forfeited and played an off-the-books "unity game" against each other instead of against their scheduled opponents.

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After the decision, the opposing team left the gym as did the officials. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark said it is not commenting on the matter.

"The game and season were forfeited but the team still played a scrimmage amongst themselves, with half the team wearing their white uniforms and the other half in custom-made, navy-blue T-shirts with "#UnityGames" written across the front.

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