Fifth Grade Coed Hoops Team Votes to Forfeit Season After Decree That Girls Could No Longer Play

A fifth-grade coed basketball team in New Jersey voted unanimously to end its season and forfeit the remaining games after being told that their girl teammates would no longer be allowed to play. reports that the team, which was made up of nine boys and two girls, stood together when coaches and parents asked them if they wanted to keep playing without the girls or stick by their teammates and have to forfeit.

Coach Rob Martel opted to allow the team’s choice to be binding in the matter.

“One parent told me it’s my decision,” Martel said. “But I said no way, I’m not making this decision for 11 10-year-olds.”

The kids didn’t hesitate, even after being reminded of the repercussions.

“But if the girls play, this will be the end of your season,” said assistant coach Keisha Martel, whose daughter Kayla Martel is one of the two girls on the roster. “You won’t play in the playoffs.”

“Doesn’t matter,” one of the boys said. And the team began chanting “Unity!”

“These kids are doing the right thing,” said Denise Laskody, parent to one of the children on the team. “We don’t have to tell them what to do. They just know. It’s amazing.”

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