EAST ORANGE, NJ - It’s clear gender roles will continue to have an impact on our society and the decisions we make for our children. Most recently, the state basketball community has been focused on the plight of Sydney Phillips and her fight to join the boys team in Kenilworth. James Scott, president and CEO of Global Mixed Gender Basketball weights in support of Sydney Phillips and her father’s suit against St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth and the Archdiocese of Newark after being barred from playing on the all boys team.
“If the athlete can compete on the court gender should not be a factor” states Scott, “Its curious that she’d be dropped after proving her talent last year when picked as an all-star player.”
Scott identified the need to provide a platform to meet a growing number of mixed gender athletes to perform. James Scott pointed to their recent coverage in The New York Times, Ebony magazine, with a feature in Watt’s World on the Travel Channel.
Scott, also a member of the East Orange based Civic Cares Community Foundation maintains, “we (Global Mixed Gender Basketball) are the first and original professional co-ed basketball league, featuring men and women playing together on the same team. In first quarter there are three women and two men on the court; the second quarter, two women and three men, alternating each quarter.
“GMGB developed rules that work for mixed gender. It is not about gender in today world. Sydney Phillips should be allowed to play; she proved her talent and contributed to the team. More sport should be open for participation by all. Schools may not have enough support for an all girls team but could have enough for mixed gender and all boys team. Let them all play”. James Scott added “Sports are important to all students’ personal development.”
GMGB is addressing this exciting twist on this popular sport. In addition to bringing a new and exciting concept to basketball, scholarships will be given to one male and one female from each of the counties participating in the GMGB games.
For more information contact James Scott, GMGB President CEO 201-341-5992.