Family sues to let daughter play on boys basketball team

A girl who wants to play for her school's boys basketball team has sued the Archdiocese of Newark.



Sydney Phillips' father, Scott, says that he doesn't want any money from the lawsuit. He just wants his daughter to be able to play basketball.



Sydney played for the girls team at St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth last year, but the team stopped playing because there weren't enough girls interested.



The family says that the archdiocese does not have a specific rule prohibiting girls from playing on the boys team. The school said in a legal response that her application was filed late. Scott Phillips disputes that.



A spokesman for the archdiocese declined to comment on the lawsuit.



A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5.


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