Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Duval Schools Add Girls' Sports

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Duval Schools Add Girls' Sports

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Duval County school officials are hoping plenty of young women

show up next week to play flag football and lift weights when

the first practices for two new female sports begin.

School officials are introducing these new sports to help

schools comply with federal and state gender equity laws. Not

enough female students are playing sports to comply.

"We're trying to think out of the box, so to speak. We'll see

what happens," said Corlette Bell, the district's gender equity

coordinator. "I certainly think it's a push in the right

direction."

Rhythmic gymnastics and slow-pitch softball will begin next

fall.

Last year, seven Jacksonville area schools were threatened with

a ban from athletic competition for failing to make significant

improvements toward compliance with the laws. Four were in

Duval, two in Clay and one in Nassau county.

The number of female athletes needed for compliance varies from

school to school in Duval.

HONORING CRIME VICTIMS: The Jacksonville Urban League's

Black-On-Black Crime Prevention Program will sponsor a citywide

march next month at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard in East

Jacksonville for African-American families to commemorate family

members killed by African-Americans.

The march is set for 10:30 a.m. May 16, said Ann Newsome, a

march coordinator.

Before the march, a memorial quilt will be circulated

throughout Jacksonville's black churches for members who want to

stitch in the names, ages and birthdates of their slain loved

ones, Newsome said.

Also, a mobile wall will be carried in the march with names of

murdered family members inscribed in handprints made by

children, Newsome said.

Urban League will donate shirts with pictures of slain victims

to families that register for the march. …

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