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NJ Coed Basketball Team Forfeits Season Rather Than Dismiss Girls From Team

A fifth-grade CYO basketball team in New Jersey made headlines this weekend for a display of unity.

The St. John's fifth-grade co-ed team elected to forfeit the rest of its season rather than boot its girls off the team. This came after a ruling from the league told them the only way they could continue playing was if they went with an all-boys lineup the rest of the way.

NJ.com has the full story, which has been gaining national attention.

After the team and their opponents from St. Bartholomew the Apostle in Scotch Plains suited up for the game at the St. John's gym, refs said they had been instructed by the league director, Rich Donovan, not to work if the girls played.

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"One parent told me it's my decision (whether the girls play), but I said no way, I'm not making this decision for 11 10-year-olds," says St. John's coach Rob Martel.

And so even though they were sure of what the answer would be, the parents posed the question to the kids again.

"Is your decision to play the game without the two young ladies on the team, or do you want to stay as a team as you have all year?" asked parent Matthew Dohn. "Show of hands for play as a team?"

Eleven hands shot up in unison. No one raised a hand when asked the alternative.

After the players made their intentions known, the team began to chant "Unity!" and several parents began to cry, according to NJ.com.

This story comes immediately after another young girl in New Jersey sued her school for the opportunity to play on the boys' team.