CHSSA Must Accommodate Jewish Basketball Players

Posted on March 2, 2008

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By Electa Draper and John Ingold
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 02/28/2008 02:49:02 AM MST

The Colorado High School Activities Association board reaffirmed Wednesday that it will not jump through hoops to reschedule regional and state basketball finals for a Jewish team that won’t play on Saturdays — their Sabbath.

Several state lawmakers pressed the association to push back a March 8 regional finals game until after sundown that Saturday so that the Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy could compete.

The Herzl/RMHA Tigers still have one game to win before securing one of two regional berths.

The school’s girls team is in the same situation.

“We made the accommodation for them at the district level,” CHSAA Commissioner Bill Reader said. “It’s difficult to reschedule at the regional level; it’s impossible at the state level.”

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Note from Rafik Beekun: This kind of religious discrimination is similar to what has happened to a Muslim girl who was prevented from playing in a soccer tournament because of her hijab. For more information, please see the following article: “Muslim Women Pay A Heavy Price for Wearing Hijab in North America.”

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