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Girls Prohibited from Playing Football Retain Attorney

TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- The TYRO youth football league has voted to uphold a rule that prevents girls, including 9-year-old Kayli Reynolds, from playing.

League Chairman Rick Insalaco told 2 On Your Side that the members voted 10 to 4 to uphold the ban on girls playing. Another voting member abstained.

Attorney Elizabeth A. Holmes of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, LLP is now representing Reynolds and the other girls who were told they can't play in, what she calls, a gender discrimination case.

Holmes is currently putting together a legal strategy to file an injunction in civil court that would allow the girls to return to the league.  Tyro Youth Football League members maintain that they voted against allowing Kayli to play strictly for health reasons.

2 On Your Side first reported in August of Kayli's fight to keep playing for her team after it joined the more competitive TYRO league.

Sisters Iaira Jenkins and Diamond Daniels also found out they can't play now. Like Kayli, their team, the Buffalo Vets, joined the TYRO league, not knowing of the ban on girls.

"I was mad," Iaira said as tears fell down her face.

"Girls can do as much as boys could do," her sister Diamond said. "There's not that much of a difference. We can do the same thing they can."

Kayli's dad and coach, Kevin, broke the bad news to his daughter after 2 On Your Side informed them of the league's decision.

"She was kind of in denial at first, because she didn't understand why she couldn't play anyway," Kevin Reynolds said. "And my wife just called me as I was walking in and said now there's a 9-year-old girl crying herself to sleep tonight up in her bed, because she can no longer play football, so that has got me heated."

But Insalaco was adamant that he's only looking out for the best interests of the girls, with safety the top priority.

"The reason is people in the organizations feel that it's for her own safety while she's out there with boys playing football," Insalaco said. "We worry about her life down the road if she gets hurt."

To hear more from Insalaco and Reynolds, click in the video player to watch the full story from 2 On Your Side reporter Michael Wooten and photojournalist Charles Moore.

To see Marissa Bailey's report and hear from Attorney Elizabeth Holmes, click on the video link.


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