Fort Worth ISD
Fort Worth, Texas
Where Are They Now:
Danielle (Danny) plays for Panther City Rugby Women’s Team
Karen and Rachel attend the University of Texas – Arlington
Precious attends Missouri Southern College on a track scholarship
Emelin attends Texas Christian University on full-scholarship as a community scholar where she is helping to re-institute TCU’s club rugby program
Leilani is taking a “gap year” to explore her options and interests and looks forward to returning to rugby on a women’s team
High school seniors, Angela, Cate, Hung, and Jay continue to advocate for girls' high school rugby
Leading Like Bosses:
Early in 2017 a group of female students began a concerted effort to elevate rugby to a girls’ varsity sport in Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). As a coordinated group, each played a central role in sustaining a Title IX advocacy campaign to improve the breadth and number of female athletic opportunities through the inclusion of rugby.
Why We Love Them:
They were only 14 and 15 years old when they started advocating for rugby at school board meetings and with school administrators.
Through their efforts, student-club rugby teams are now active at North Side HS, Paschal HS, South Hills HS, Trimble Technical HS, and Wyatt HS.
Four individuals are complainants on recently filed Title IX lawsuit against FWISD.
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