Garrett Peterson, Tony Tonova and Trevor Kennan will not make the volleyball team at Seminole (Fla.)
. But that's not their goal.
The reason the three freshmen have spent their time trying out for the girls volleyball team is to shed light on the fact that schools in Pinellas County don't offer their favorite sport for boys.According to Bay News 9
, the three are going through tryouts despite a Florida High School Athletic Association bylaw that prevents them from playing with the girls. The FHSAA offers boys volleyball in the spring, but local schools have not offered the sport yet.
All three played for the Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy team that won a national title, and just want the chance to play their favorite sport on a high school team.
"We're just hoping to get boys volleyball in high school. Try to start a team," Kennan told Fox 13
"We actually looked around at a different high school, and it's just not affordable," Michael Peterson, Garrett's father, told the television station. "Club is expensive. Some of the other kids – they were really great players. I've worked with them since they were 5 or 6 years old. It's just not affordable. Not every family can afford to do this. I was hoping the high school would have it."
Some have compared the situation to when girls want to play football or perhaps wrestle on the boys' team. In actuality, boys volleyball does exist in Florida, it's just that some schools do not offer it.
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