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Students level the playing fields at California high school

Title IX-Softball Players
Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 15:01:33-04

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Danielle Ellis and her softball teammate Sydney Prenatt were sitting in the senior government class in Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, California when a lightbulb went off.

The teacher was talking about civil rights, particularly Title IX guarantees of gender equality.

The pair realized it was not OK that boys played on a fancy diamond while their team played in a nearby public with no amenities.

So they set out to change things, eventually convincing the school board to build a new softball field for girls and earning hero status from those who will benefit from their determination.