St. Louis boy facing uphill battle to play girls-only field hockey

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Matthew Bozdech and his father, Paul Bozdech,

EUREKA, MO (AP) – Matt Bozdech of suburban St. Louis wants to play field hockey, but that’s a problem in Missouri. It’s a girls-only sport.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matt’s parents have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging discrimination. The agency is investigating.

Matt is a 15-year-old student at Eureka High School in the Rockwood School District. His complaint is the flip side of the debate over Title IX, the 1972 law that bars gender discrimination in school programs. The program has erased the novelty of girls sports and led to fewer raised eyebrows when a girl tries to play a sport traditionally for boys like football or wrestling.

But a boy trying to play on a girls team is still viewed differently.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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6 comments

  • rose

    Let him join the Girl Scouts and the Rainbows, too. Boys want to be girls and girls want to be boys, and society is making it easier everyday.

  • adam adams

    Field hockey is only a “girls only sport” here in America. In Europe it is quite popular with both sexes. I see stunt rider is back trolling the common grounds again. How is your moms basement and the hot pockets?

  • Big Dog Tom

    I would like to suggest a much tougher and more demanding sport than field hockey. You need to become a bowler and then you can compete at the high school level with other boys and girls, with no questions asked!

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