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.