Many schools have rules against excessive celebration after winning. It’s designed to keep players from being obnoxious and to deter poor sportsmanship. However, a recent excessive rule “violation” in the eyes of the Columbus High officials seems stupid and lacking common sense.

According to KHOU 11 News of Houston, the Columbus High boys 4 x 100-meter relay team was disqualified, after Derrick Hayes, the team’s anchor, pointed upward as he crossed the finish line first by about seven yards. It’s a common gesture athletes make after winning and/or scoring to acknowledge God for the achievement. Apparently this is considered “excessive”.

Huh?

The University Interscholastic League ruling that this is excessive is ridiculous, and banning the boys from competition, in this case, competing at the state level, is downright disgusting. In my opinion, it is a violation of religious freedom, and common sense. Local residents have appealed on the boys behalf.

“I don’t see what the big deal is,” Columbus resident Laporchia Miller told KHOU. “When people are thanking God, he’s the reason we live.”

Unfortunately their appeals fell on deaf ears.

With all that young men could get involved in to celebrate a well-earned achievement, a moment to honor the God who made it possible is not excessive. It’s the most appropriate thing to do.

In this case, the boys won. The school and the officials lost.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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