Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Real Reason They Don't Like Women Competing Against Men: Cause the Women can Win 10 years old, Makeba Elliott, an honor student at Blackhawk Elementary in Park Forest, has won two consecutive boys' state wrestling championships. Last month, the Park Forest fifth grader -- whose quickest takedown was in 18 seconds -- ended a 54-5 season by taking top honors in the boys' 2005 Midget State Championship. She also won the boys' midget championship in 2004.

But my favorite part is:

Makeba has also been a trailblazer for female athletes at her school. When Blackhawk Elementary was forming a basketball team last year, school officials told Makeba she couldn't join because basketball was for boys and cheerleading was for girls, her father said. Makeba responded by writing a letter to the principal that persuaded him to allow girls on the team, and Makeba now plays point guard.

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Anonymous said...

Right on. I wanted to wrestle when I was a kid, but it was not even remotely an option back then. I would have been good, though; this I know from wrestling my older brothers. 

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