Girl, 11, Allowed to Play Football, Philadelphia Archbishop Rules


"I'm perplexed that you would contact me last, after publicizing your situation in both the national and regional media," Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote in an email to her. "That kind of approach has no effect on my decision-making. CYO rules exist for good reason."

But as of today, she has his support.

Caroline said she was not out to change the world. There is no all-girls football league where she lives and she just wanted to play football with her friends.

"I know there have been other girls wanting to play CYO football and there are girls that want to play in the future," she said. "So I just want them and me to be able to play."

And so today was a win. A win for Caroline, and a win for her team, which is glad to have her back on the squad.

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