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5th Grade Basketball Team Forfeits Season Because Girls Weren't Being Allowed To Play

By Mustafa Gatollari

Sometimes I feel like kids have got life figured out better than adults. I see my 16-month son struggle to do what he feels like he needs to do, on a daily basis, more than any other adult who claims they have dreams of their own. Sure, to us, the stakes seem very low for children; Climbing up on top of the couch or learning to walk as a baby feels like second nature to an adult, but to a child, it takes everything in their power to walk.

They're struggling 100% to learn to crawl, walk, and talk, while most of us can't be bothered to make it to the gym on time, or dedicate 30 minutes a day to that novel we've been wanting to write for years.

And when it comes to standing up for the rights of others, most adults fall horribly short. Your friends will say they have your back but the second things get uncomfortable for them, they're nowhere to be found.

But we can all take a lesson from these boys who decided to stand by their female teammates even though it meant forfeiting the season.

The St. John's 5th grade basketball coed basketball team was told that they weren't allowed to continue the rest of the season with their two female players on the team by the league's director. Their record was even wiped because they had participated in games "illegally" by allowing females to be on the team.