Public school students advocate for equal access to school sports

12/6/2018, 1:57 p.m.
Black and Latino public high school students are demanding equity in access to school sports for all students.

Black and Latino public high school students are demanding equity in access to school sports for all students.

The students are planning to gather Tuesday, Dec. 11, with civil rights advocates, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and The Fair Play Coalition, as well as City Council Member Antonio Reynoso.

Students and advocates say Black and Latino students currently face a staggering level of inequality in accessing school sports and the benefits that they provide. More than 17,000 Black and Latino public high school students attend a school that offers no team sports.

High schools with the highest percentage of white and Asian students had on average more than twice as many sports teams as schools with the highest percentage of Black and Latino students.

A student at a school that is 90 percent or more Black and Latino has access to an average of 11 teams, whereas students of other races have access to an average of 25 teams.

After the rally, students will meet with members of the City Council to lobby their support for Intro 242-A, a bill mandating transparency in how the Public School Athletic League allocates sports teams and resources.