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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 1, 2014) – An 8th grade girl was kicked off her middle school football team simply because, well, she’s a girl.

Cece Lucia was a kicker on Indianapolis St. Simon the Apostle School’s football team.

In fact, she was a very good kicker.

She was two-for-two with plenty of distance in her debut last Sunday.

But after the game, Lucia’s coach received a call notifying him that if Lucia competed again, the team would be forced to forfeit.


Because Lucia is a girl and it’s against the Catholic Youth Organization’s policy for girls to play football.

The CYO executive director Edward Tinder told Fox59 that girls have never been allowed to play football, and the CYO office did not “ok” her role as a kicker.

However, Tinder says the CYO will review their policy.

Cece’s family released this statement: “Cece just loves football and simply wants to kick field goals. We hope this incident can be resolved quickly.”

Many people tweeted out their support for Cece Tuesday, including Colts punter Pat McAfee.

We will continue to update this story as more developments become available.

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