Student Well-Being

Girls’ Soccer Players Don Hijabs in Support of Banned Teammate

By Bryan Toporek — March 26, 2014 1 min read

Earlier this month, the girls’ soccer team from Overland High School (Aurora, Colo.) took a stand for a teammate who received a one-game ban for a highly unusual reason.

On Wednesday, March 12, the Overland girls’ team kicked off its season against Fairview High School (Boulder, Colo.) down one member. A referee banned Samah Aidah from playing because she was wearing a hijab, which is a traditional head covering worn by Muslim women.

Divine Davis, one of Samah’s teammates, told Aquila-Style.com that the referee said it would be “dangerous” for Samah to play with the hijab on. Ironically, FIFA lifted its ban on hijabs or other religious head covers at the beginning of this month, per AlJazeera.com.

Davis and her teammates weren’t deterred by the referee’s ruling, however. The next day, they

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.