A highly-anticipated football game in Jupiter, Florida has recently been canceled due to safety concerns, and a battle is brewing.
Parents raise their daughters telling them if it is good enough for boys, it is good enough for them. Girls are being raised to build with their hands, think with their brains and compete with the boys. But not when it comes to football. In Jupiter, that is.
For decades now, girls at Jupiter High School strap on pads and helmets and play their very own game of tackle football. The event is held as a fundraiser and lovingly known as the Powder Puff game. This year, the principal nixed the idea of a tackle game and told the girls they could play flag football instead.
Before you scream “sexism,” give Principal Dan Frank a chance to explain himself. It’s not because it is females who will be playing the sport, but the fact that they will only have one week of practice before the game. In addition, the girls wear pads that are designed for male athletes. The pads to not fit properly, nor do they offer adequate protection for the girls.
It makes sense that the principal of a school is worried about student safety, but not all in the community are buying into his reasoning. Parents of some of the girls are questioning what would happen if the principal canceled a boys’ football game. Most think that the situation would not be taken lightly.
The Powder Puff game is scheduled for May 6, but some are considering a boycott. As for the girls, they are considering a kickball game instead.
When it comes to girls playing sports, the principal may have a right to worry about injury, but not only because the girls want to play football. Women are injured playing sports on a regular basis. Here are some of the most common injuries that