Alabama girls’ basketball team DENIED championship trophy after beating the boys

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Alabama girls’ basketball team is DENIED championship trophy after being forced to play in a boys’ league – and then winning it!

An Alabama fifth-grade girls’ basketball team have been denied their championship trophy after being forced to join a boys’ league – and then beating all their opponents.

Spain Park girls’ team, from Hoover, Alabama, were reportedly told at the start of the season that they would not be able to train at the local gym facilities unless they joined the boys’ league.

In response, they did exactly that and went on to win the championship – only to be told that the trophy would instead be handed to the runners-up that they’d just beaten in the final. 

In a post on Facebook, Jayme Mashayekh – the mother of one of the players – explained: ‘So proud of Rylie and her basketball team. It was a hard lesson they learned tonight. They won the 5th grade boys rec league championship but were not given the trophy. 

‘These girls have played together for 3 years for a competitive girl’s league representing Spain Park. All are 5th graders in the Hoover school system. Half way through their season they were told they could not use the Hoover gyms for their practices unless they paid to play in the Hoover rec league. 

The championship-winning Spain Park pose for a photo to celebrate their win over the boys

The championship-winning Spain Park pose for a photo to celebrate their win over the boys

‘They were told to stay together as a team they had to play up a level in competition and play the 5th grade boys. The girls were middle of the pack throughout the season losing several close games by 1 point. 

‘Playing the boys was a challenge they rose to meet. It made them better players and a better team. They were told before the championship that they could play in it but if they won they wouldn’t be allowed to have the trophy. 

‘Excuse me? What? What did they do to get disqualified? Did they not pay their dues? Did they not play up a level in competition? Oh, it’s because they’re GIRLS?!?!’

On the Hoover Parks and Recreation department website, Spain Park are listed as the basketball league champion, having beaten a ‘Knicks’ team in the final.

In an update to her Facebook post, Mashayekh later revealed that ‘The City of Hoover and the Hoover Rec Center have reached out to make things right for the girls.’

She did not reveal whether they had lifted the trophy, but went on to add: ‘Thank you for all your support and hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for more/better access to facilities and opportunities for our females athletes.’

JAYME MASHAYEKH’S FULL POST

So proud of Rylie and her basketball team. It was a hard lesson they learned tonight. They won the 5th grade boys rec league championship but were not given the trophy. While it’s definitely not about the trophy I don’t think its a lesson we should be teaching our boys or girls in this day and age.

These girls have played together for 3 years for a competitive girl’s league representing Spain Park. All are 5th graders in the Hoover school system. Half way through their season they were told they could not use the Hoover gyms for their practices unless they paid to play in the Hoover rec league. They were told to stay together as a team they had to play up a level in competition and play the 5th grade boys. The girls were middle of the pack throughout the season losing several close games by 1 point. Playing the boys was a challenge they rose to meet. It made them better players and a better team.

They were told before the championship that they could play in it but if they won they wouldn’t be allowed to have the trophy. ‘Excuse me? What?’ What did they do to get disqualified? Did they not pay their dues? Did they not play up a level in competition? Oh, it’s because they’re GIRLS?!?!

So sure enough these 5th grade girls played their hearts out, left it all on the floor and battled their male counterparts only to be told, ‘No, I’m sorry you don’t count.’

I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed I have to tell my daughter that things like this still happen. I’m disappointed we teach our kids to accept things they have not earned (other than salvation which can not be earned). Most of all I’m disappointed in my city who won’t allow some 5th grade girls to play basketball.

UPDATE 

The City of Hoover and the Hoover Rec Center have reached out to make things right for the girls. Thank you for all your support and hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for more/better access to facilities and opportunities for our females athletes. 



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