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Without Answers, Special Needs Girl Banned from Basketball

Jenny Youngwith wants to play basketball just as she’s been doing safety for years. But a decision made by someone, somewhere is preventing the special needs student from hitting the court.

But as if that weren’t bad enough, her family says they’re not getting a good answer as to why she can’t play.

“We asked them why and they just say, ‘Because,” explained the 17-year-old senior’s father, Dick Youngwith.

Youngwith and her oxygen tank-carrying service dog, Simba, aren’t new to the sport. They’ve been playing it in gym class at Community High School in West Chicago for two years. But that all changed when the board of education last year partnered with Special Olympics Illinois.

via Without Answers, Special Needs Girl Banned from Basketball | NBC Chicago.

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