Transcript for Vermont high school girls soccer team penalized for ‘equal pay’ T-shirts
Back now with the high school soccer field statement. A girls team giving a message about equal pay and getting penalized for it. Kaylee Hartung is here with more about this community support now for that team. Kaylee, good morning. Good morning, whit. It started as an idea for a dress-up day at school, inspired by their heros. These teenagers quickly learning the power their voices can have, even if it means paying the price of a penalty. Reporter: It's the U.S. Women's national soccer team chant that's grown even louder than the cheers for their world cup win. They inspire us and we're really -- we're rooting for them. It goes for everyone, every girl, every woman in the world. It's not just about sports. Reporter: Now this Vermont high school girls soccer team is echoing their heros but getting penalized for doing it. Four players removed from Friday night's match for taking off their uniform tops and revealing their #equalpay t-shirts underneath. We had planned to just lift them up. To show the crowd our equal pay Jerseys. People got excited and -- I ripped mine off and twirled it around. Yeah. The fans were going absolutely crazy, chanting equal pay, equal pay, equal pay. Then all of a sudden the officials came over and decided we're going to give you a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. Reporter: The referee issued a late penalty for their excessive celebration. The game ended in a tie but the girls are turning their punishment into a teachable moment. They've now sold more than 700 of the Jerseys, inviting men to pay 16% more, a symbol of the average pay gap in Vermont. The schools' boys soccer team also wearing the Jerseys in support. The money made from the sales will support youth soccer leagues in their community. Hopefully they'll be inspired like us, like we were by the national team. Reporter: Vermont senator Patrick Leahy promoted his support for the teenagers' initiative, and so did U.S. Women's soccer legend, Brandi Chastain. They did such an amazing job with getting involved in the community and that's a win-win for all of us. Not just a win on the field. Win, lose or tie the team says the penalty made the game all the more memorable, feeling the crowd's support in that moment. And the referee who handed out the yellow cards, after the game he went online and bought an equal pay Jersey and told the girls he's excited to wear it and support them. Why didn't he just put the yellow cards away then? They broke the rules. You got to play by the rules. Keep your uniform Jersey on.
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