Archiocese v Girl cooties

Oh no, a girrrrrrrul wants to play a sport that’s supposed to be only for guys! This must be stopped, at least according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

My name is Amanda. I’m a 16 year old Catholic school junior at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia. I love martial arts including wrestling, jiu jitsu, and muay thai. I want an equal opportunity to wrestle in school, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says no. I’m being discriminated against just because I’m a girl.

This November will be the inaugural season for our school’s wrestling team. Everyone’s excited, and I want to be part of it because I love the sport and hope to get a college scholarship for wrestling. I train twice a day most days of the week and am involved in anti-bullying programs to help empower people. It’s not fair that being a girl denies me the opportunity to compete at school despite having years of experience in mixed-martial arts.

No it’s not. The link is to a petition. You can sign it.


  1. Pieter B, FCD says

    Signed and shared. As a former wrestler, I’ll go to the mat for her right to compete.

  2. Donnie says

    Male wrestlers forfeited against women wrestlers in Iowa and Michigan (my nephew wrestles in MI and I thought my sis said it was the State champion that refused to wrestler against her in the round robin but I could not find a link).

    Then, there is this excellent spot of sportsmanship /snark for both schools for her school actually had her sit out in two regular season games.

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