As a sixth-grader last year, Sydney Phillips earned a spot on the girls basketball team at St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth. By the end of the season, she was picked as an all-star player.
This year, however, Phillips learned in October that St. Theresa's was dropping the team because not enough girls were interested. Phillips and her parents quickly approached the school, seeking some options and finally requesting their daughter be allowed to play on the boys team.
After meeting with several school officials, without success, Sydney's father, Scott Phillips, decided to take it to another step. He filed a suit against the school and the Archdiocese of Newark seeking that they be required to allow his daughter to play on the seventh-grade boys team.
"I'm not looking for money. I just want her to play basketball," Scott Phillips said...
In the lawsuit, Phillips says the school and the archdiocese do not have a specific rule prohibiting Sydney from playing on the boys team.
St. Theresa's, in the legal brief responding to the lawsuit, states Sydney Phillips' application to play on the boys team was filed late, a claim Scott Phillips says is not true.
Sydney has attended St. Theresa's since pre-school. She is the student council treasurer and an altar server, the lawsuit states.
Via Drudge: http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2016/12/girl_sueing_school_to_join_boys_basketball_team_af.html#incart_2box_nj-homepage-featured