The Revelation

UNSUPPORTED

the truth behind gender equality in sports at sa

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UNSUPPORTED

Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor

Reed Finseth, Staff Writer

     The stadium is packed. The crowd is wild. The SA boys’ basketball team has just defeated Magee 74-41. Only an hour earlier however, the SA girls’ basketball team was playing the final minutes of their game, except the stadium was mostly empty and the crowd was silent. Despite this disappointment the girls’ basketball team just barely hung on to their lead and won the game 42-38. Unfortunately, this night shows the standard turnouts and results for athletic events at St. Andrew’s. The stadium is empty for the girls’ events; then, right before the boys’ game starts the students show up to support.

    “[Attendance] could be higher,” Sophomore basketball player Chloe Ward said. “I understand that in the past we haven’t been winning, but this year we actually have a winning record, but people still aren’t coming. And even then, when people do show up, it’s like the 3rd or 4th quarter and that’s just really to get there early for the boys’ game, and most of the time the people in the crowd are just parents.”

     The underappreciation for the girls’ team comes from their lack of success in the past; however, in recent years their record has improved, and the young team has gained leadership and success. They now boast six hard working seniors who have led the team to a 11-11 record an improvement on last year’s 3-18 record.

     “I think people support winners, people who win; football crowds are pretty good on any given night, but if you’re 8-0 they are really good,” Head Coach of the SA Girls basketball team Burney King said. “That has nothing to with the fact that there are boys playing; it has to do with the fact that people want to follow winners.”

     While the perception of the girls’ basketball team is that they are not winners, their record shows that they are actually successful on the court. Senior Olivia Hardwick feels that the team is under represented at the games.

     “It just kind of stinks when you ask all of your classmates and all of your friends to come to an equally fun game,” Hardwick said. “The girls’ games, we get scrappy like the boys, we are fast like the boys […] but it just stinks when you invite your classmates and they come for the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, but still tell you that you had a good game and that they are proud of you, when they didn’t see the first half, the first three quarters; we just feel really underappreciated.”

     This pattern repeats and leaves the team feeling unsupported despite all their hard work, but with their current success the girls’ soccer team is breaking this trend. More students go support them every game, but with their upcoming state championship game the team wants more support.

     “We have had more people come than years previous,” Sophomore Soccer player Allison Santa-Cruz said. “Still not that many people come, but I guess I feel thankful that some people do come because it is so cold.”

     As the girls’ soccer team prepares for the state championship games this weekend at Brandon at 12:00 p.m., they look to the student body for support.

 

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