LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Butts County family is outraged by their
private school's decision to prevent their daughter from playing on the
school's football team, condemning the policy as backwards and
Maddy Paige was the starting defensive end for the Strong Rock Christian School when she was in the sixth grade.
The 11-year-old said the school recently informed her parents that
she would not be allowed to try out for the football team next season.
"It's like taking my dream and throwing it in the trash," Maddy said.
Athletic Director Phil Roberts e-mailed our sister station WXIA 11Alive News a statement
saying, "Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl
sports and middle school boys play boy sports."
Maddy's mother Cassy Blythe says ability and not gender should
determine if her daughter makes the team. She has met with school
officials and hopes they will reconsider what she believes is a
misguided and anachronistic policy.