2 Important Firsts in Sport for Marginalized Groups

12 11 2010

1. Afghanistan is poised to get their first national women’s team. The sport will be cricket and the Afghanistan Cricket Board feels cricket will allow the women to play a sport but remain consistent with Islamic tradition and values. To read more about the team click here.

2. This weekend a historic basketball game will be played here at the University of Minnesota’s Best Buy Classic. Kye Allums will be the first transgender athlete to play a NCAA D-I basketball game. He is a Minnesota native and I think it quite fitting he play this historic game in his home state. In light of the new report released a few weeks ago on transgender athletes, perhaps Allums courageous will help forward dialogue and policy. To read the original article on OutSports.com that broke the story click here.

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13 11 2010
niamh

Good news!
Although I’m pretty sure that the Afghan Women’s Boxing Team has been in existence for a while now – maybe it’s not had official funding?
http://niamhgriffin.blogspot.com/2010/08/women-boxers-in-afghanistan.html

13 11 2010
nmlavoi

Thanks for the insight. I’m not sure if the boxing team has funding or not. -nml

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