High school coach who forfeited girls’ game against trans player met with ‘retaliation’ from the state

A girls basketball coach’s tournament stand against transgender ideology was met with state retaliation and a school-wide ban from sports.

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Recently, a girls’ high school basketball team in Massachusetts had to forfeit their game after three players were injured in a competition against a team with a male athlete. However, a year earlier Chris Goodwin of Mid Vermont Christian School had forfeited a playoff game for fear of the same, and now he’s in a lawsuit with state education officials.

Joining “Fox & Friends” Monday alongside his Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Ryan Tucker, Goodwin recounted to co-host Lawrence Jones how his team had readied themselves for the potential matchup in Feb. 2023.

“After discussions with the administration and our players and parents, we decided that instead of going against our religious beliefs that…there are differences between male and female, we are created differently, we decided to forfeit that game and withdraw from the tournament,” explained of the Division IV playoff game that would have put them against Long Trail School.

At the time MVCS Head of School Vicky Fogg had said competing against a team with a boy “jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players. Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”

As a result, the Vermont Principal’s Association banned Mid Vermont from all athletic events, “And at that point, the state of Vermont governing body kicked us out of all athletic competitions in the state.”

The move prompted Goodwin to file suit in November, stating in part that students were “irreparably harmed by being denied participation” and “losing out on playing competitive sports and participating in academic competitions in the VPA…”

“The State is entitled to its own views, but it is not entitled, nor is it constitutional, to force private, religious schools across the state to follow that orthodoxy as a condition to participating in Vermont’s tuitioning program and the State’s athletic association,” read the ADF suit.

“I’ve got four daughters. I’ve coached them all at one point in their careers playing high school basketball,” Goodwin explained to Jones. “I’ve also filled in for the boys’ coach when he can’t make a practice, and I run those practices, and boys just play at a different speed, a different force… than the girls play. It’s a different game.”

After the same scenario that the coach and father had feared played out in Massachusetts recently, former NCAA swimmer and fair sports advocate Riley Gaines asserted, “Trans-identified male player for Kipp Academy in MA injured 3 girls before half time causing Lowell Collegiate Charter School to forfeit. A man hitting a woman used to be called domestic abuse. Now it’s called brave. Who watches this & actually thinks this is ‘compassionate, kind, and inclusive’?”

Tucker asserted that “The state is basically attempting to purge individuals like Chris and other family members in the state, from public discourse, from the ability…to speak out…on issues of significant, public concern.”

While they await a hearing date, the attorney added “We’re very confident that we’re going to prevail.”

Meanwhile, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss Jan. 31, 2024 asserting “lack of subject matter jurisdiction and/or failure to state a claim.”

Kevin Haggerty

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