Target: Ronnie Henderson, president of the Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association
Goal: Allow 12-year-old boy to play with his Pee Wee football league despite weight regulations.
A Pee Wee football league in Texas is banning a 12-year-old from playing with his team because they feel that the boy is too large to play. At over six feet tall and nearly 300 pounds, Elijah Earnhart certainly towers over his peers. However, league officials have said that Elijah should not play with kids his age, despite a weight and age provision on Elijah’s team that allows overweight players in Elijah’s situation to still participate. Although large in stature, Elijah should not be banned from playing on his team.
Elijah’s coach and family feel that Elijah should still be able to participate on his team. However, Pee Wee league officials said that Elijah’s stature qualifies him to play in the school league instead. Their regulations state that seventh-graders who are over 135 pounds must play on a school league. In spite of this, Elijah’s coach says that there are several players who exceed the 135-pound limit and are still on the team. Such players wear markings on their helmets and stay on offensive or defensive lines only. Despite this, the league is banning Elijah from playing with his fellow Pee Wee team members, who are all good friends.
Elijah should not be banned from playing on his Pee Wee team because of his height and weight. Instead, he should be given the same restrictions as other team members who are over 135 pounds.
Dear Ronnie Henderson,
Your league officials banned Elijah Earnhart from playing on his Pee Wee football team because of his height and weight. Elijah weighs 300 pounds, which violates your weight limit regulations. However, Elijah is a seventh-grader and is only twelve years old. He has practiced with his team diligently for three weeks and plays with other kids who are also over your weight limit regulations. Such players wear markings on their helmets and stay on offensive or defensive lines only.
Elijah should be no exception to these rules and should be allowed to play with his friends on his team. Forcing him to play in a school league would separate Elijah from his friends and subject him to a rougher environment with kids who are a lot older and possibly bigger than him. Please stop discriminating against Elijah and allow him to play with his team given he abides by the same regulations as other team members who are over 135 pounds.
[Your Name Here]
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