Goodwin's team decided not to play against a transgender athlete during the playoffs last year. He emphasized the physical differences between male and female players, arguing it poses safety risks.

"I've got four daughters," Goodwin explained, highlighting his personal and professional experience with girls' basketball. He believes mixing biological males and females in sports is dangerous and could lead to injuries.

The decision to forfeit came in February 2023. The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) responded by banning Goodwin's team from future tournaments, citing safety and fairness concerns.

The VPA defended its stance, stating schools can uphold their beliefs but not at the expense of others. They criticized the team for denying other students the chance to play and potentially harming them.

In response, the school and some families sued over the ban. They argue it discriminates against their religious beliefs concerning gender and sexuality.

Goodwin stated the forfeiture was a stand for their beliefs. He said they chose their religious principles over participation in the tournament, leading to their statewide competition ban.

Ryan Tucker, representing the school, accuses the state of excluding voices like Goodwin's from public discourse. He argues this is about more than just sports; it's about acknowledging biological differences and protecting female athletes.

Tucker expressed confidence in winning the legal battle. He and Goodwin await their court date, hopeful for a ruling that considers their concerns and allows them back into athletic competitions.

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