Vermont Girls’ Basketball Team Reaches Limit, Refuses to Play Game against Transgender Player

The Mid Vermont Christian School (MVCS) girls’ basketball team has withdrawn from the state tournament after their opposing team includes a biologically male transgender player.

MVCS refused to play in the Vermont Division IV state tournament because the team doesn’t want to play against male student-athletes.

The No. 12 seed Eagles were scheduled to play a first-round game at No. 5 seed Long Trail on Tuesday night.

However, the team forfeited the game to the Mountain Lions instead.

MVCS head of school Vicky Fogg said:

“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players.

“Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.

“As a religious organization, the school has a statutory and constitutional right to make decisions based on its religious beliefs, including hiring and disciplining employees, associating with others, and in its admissions, conduct, and operations policies and procedures.

“By signing this form, the Mid Vermont Christian School does not waive any such rights.

“To the extent state laws conflict with the school’s beliefs, including on marriage and sexuality, the school has not included that language in its handbook or online, nor can it affirm that particular aspect of the Vermont Public Accommodations Act.”

Lauren Thomas, the assistant executive director for the Vermont Principals’ Association, said:

“I have received calls from schools asking for best practices and how to go forward knowing they were going to play a team with a transgender female on it.

“We just supported our stance and our best practices through our inclusivity statement,” he said.

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By David Hawkins

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