4-year old Iowa girl is granted the right to play flag football

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Monday, September 7, 2009 at 2:08pm EDT

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MASON CITY — A 4-year-old Mason City girl will play flag football after all.

Sabrina Holland’s father, Ronnie, was told only boys could play flag football when he attempted to sign her up last week for the Mason City Park and Recreation Department’s Tiny Tot Flag Football program.

“They told me she could play soccer,” Holland said. “But that’s not what she wants to do. She wants to play flag football. I don’t think it’s fair.”

On Thursday, Mason City Human Rights Director Lionel Foster told a meeting of the Human Rights Commission that Sabrina has been granted permission to play by Mason City Recreation Director Dan Brown.

“My recommendation was to let her play,” Brown said. “She would still have to pay the regular fee, but would not have to pay the late fee.”

Holland said he was happy at the news.

“That was my goal, to get my daughter to play,” he said. “Hopefully this will bring it to light so that this won’t happen to another family.”

The question of allowing girls to play flag football came up at least once before, Brown said. “A few years ago, we had a little older girl that wanted to play and we let her play.”

He said the Recreation Department is considering offering a Powder Puff program — flag football for girls.

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