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Reviews | The real purpose of school sports

Thank you, Monica Hesse, for your June 14 Style column, “We Miss the Interest in School Sports.” My daughter is the “transgender girl who desperately needs teammates”. Prior to 2020 when the pandemic hit, she played on the Boys Ultimate Frisbee Team, in accordance with her gender assigned at birth. She came out as trans during the pandemic.

After school sports resumed, she tearfully confessed that she was not a boy and no longer belonged to the boys’ team; but she was also worried that the women’s team wouldn’t accept her. After conversations with coaches and parents, we were thrilled when she was not only allowed to play on the women’s team, but was also welcomed with enthusiasm…and not because she was the greatest, fastest or most skilled; she is not. She’s just a girl who desperately needed a team.

Ms. Hesse’s observation that the purpose of high school sports is “to embrace physical fitness, receive a sense of community, hone self-discipline, and learn to work hard, cooperate as a team and To Win and Lose With Grace” was on full display recently at the National High School Invitational for the nation’s top Ultimate Frisbee teams. My daughter’s team made it to nationals…and lost to many teams made up of mostly cisgender girls, finishing in 11th place. But they won the tournament’s Spirit Award.

Suzan Charlton, Arlington