Athlete Disqualified for Wearing Hijab
Updated: Mar 16, 2021
A Muslim athlete was disqualified from her high school volleyball match for wearing a hijab
By Alaa Elassar, CNN Updated
6:39 PM ET, Sun September 27, 2020
Najah Aqeel was disqualified from a Tennessee high school volleyball match for wearing her hijab during the game. (CNN)A Tennessee high school athlete was disqualified from a volleyball match for wearing a hijab, prompting calls for a statewide rule change.
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TSSAA Changes Rule
After demanding that TSSAA rules be more inclusive towards athletes of different religions, the TSSAA amended their rules to allow athletes to wear a hijab and any religious headwear without needing permission from the TSSAA. Click here to read more on the rule change.
NFHS Changes Rule
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced on February 4th, 2021 that student volleyball players who wear a hijab or other religious headwear will not need permission to play. This paves the way for every high school sport to change their rules on the hijab. This is a historic moment for Muslim girls across the US. Read more about it here.
Click here for AMAC's press release on September 18, 2020
Click here for AMAC and ACLU's press release on October 21, 2020