#NEWS

--Sentinel Tribune

Gavarone bill to protect religious expression unanimously passes out of committee

The Senate’s Education Committee this week unanimously approved legislation, sponsored by State Senator Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, which would protect freedom of religious expression for athletes.
https://www.sent-trib.com/news/gavarone-bill-to-protect-religious-expression-unanimously-passes-out-of-committee

-- Ohio Senate 

Find your senator. Meet the leaders. Make your voice heard.
Help push Senate Bill 288 by writing to your local Ohio Senators to Vote YES in Senate Bill 288! Find Your Senator here!
https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators

-- Bill 288

Gavarone Introduces Legislation to Protect Freedom of Religious Expression
State Senator Theresa Gavarone introduced Senate Bill 288, which would protect freedom of religious expression for athletes.
https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/gavarone/news/gavarone-introduces-legislation-to-protect-freedom-of-religious-expression

-- AJ+

Disqualified for Running With Hijab
A 16-year-old Muslim cross-country runner was disqualified from a race in Ohio for wearing hijab. A week later, she broke her personal record in another competition.

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/539434833548659/

-- Vice

I Was Disqualified From My High School Cross Country Meet Because I Wear Hijab

I've had anxieties about being a visibly Muslim athlete. But I never imagined they would manifest the way they did this month.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x5j7d/i-was-disqualified-from-my-high-school-track-meet-because-i-wear-a-hijab

-- Sports Illustrated

Thank you for your support!

https://www.si.com/more-sports/2019/10/27/muslim-teen-runner-disqualified-for-hijab

-- Ilhan Omar

Hijab-wearing women and girls don’t need permission to exist. Noor ran her personal best this season, only to be told it didn’t count because she made the choice to wear a hijab. I’m standing with her. Every rule that is ignorant of religious freedom must be overturned.

https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1188173968768983040?s=20

-- Noor (Me)

I ran my best race today beating my record from last week’s meet when I got disqualified! ❤️ Thank you to everyone who came out and cheered me on today!

#WeStandWithNoor #LetNoorRun CURE M

 -- Yahoo Sports

Thank You Yahoo!

https://sports.yahoo.com/ohio-cross-country-runner-disqualified-wearing-hijab-without-190734487--abc-news-topstories.html 

-- CURE

Our girl Noor Alexandria Abukaram ran her best race today beating her record from last week’s meet when she got disqualified. Way to go Noor! #WeStandWithNoor #LetNoorRun

https://twitter.com/cureyourworld/status/1188153519423049728?s=20

-- Haute Hijab

Leading with Compassion - Imagine a World Where Hijabis Aren't Barred from Sports?🏅🏆

"I know sports is competitive by nature. However can't compassion be part of this all? Noor is 16, the same age as my own daughter. What must've it felt like to finish a race, having run your personal best, only to be told you're disqualified because your hijab didn't meet standards? It makes me angry and sad. Because it's been a grind my entire life that continues into how I parent my kids now.
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Imagine a world where, far from having to fight to compete, Muslim (and all) women are greeted with the same level of support shown in this video. Ask yourself – who do we we want to be? And, not just in regards to how we view or support Muslim women who wear the hijab (or don't wear the hijab). And, why is this STILL a thing? Can we approach each other with sensitivity and compassion and reasonableness?

-- Uninterrupted

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4DIdMkg4jX/

“Sports should be a place where everyone has the right to play.” - @ibtihajmuhammad#LetNoorRun 🧕💪

-- Muslim Girl

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Flj0DhvEV/

A Ohio High-school Athletic Association disqualified cross country athlete Noor Abukaram from a district meet simply because she was wearing a hijab. “It was like your worst nightmare to have to compete and then find out that you got disqualified and it’s because of something that you love,” said the 16-year old. We will not let this incident fade away like many issues targeted towards Muslims. We will raise our voice and stand with Noor and so many others that don’t let society dictate who they are✨💪🏽💕#letnoorrun illustration by: @shaymaalshiri

-- Time Magazine

Thank you Time Magazine for your support!

https://time.com/5711021/ohio-teen-cross-country-hijab-disqualification/

-- Bleacher Report

A huge fan! We all are, thank you. 

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2859774-ohio-hs-cross-country-runner-noor-alexandria-abukaram-disqualified-over-hijab

-- The Washington Post

Wow, very humbling. Thank you.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/25/she-ran-personal-best-then-she-learned-her-hijab-disqualified-her/

-- The New York Times

Thank you NYT, much love. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/us/Ohio-hijab-runner.html

-- New York Post

Thank you!

https://nypost.com/2019/10/24/ohio-student-says-she-was-disqualified-for-running-5k-in-hijab/

-- CNN

Thank you CNN!

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/10/24/runner-noor-abukaram-student-hijab-disqualified-vpx.wtol

-- Elizabeth Warren

I’ve got your back, Noor. Every kid should be able to feel safe and welcome at school—and Muslim students should never be denied participation in school activities. My public school plan fights discriminatory dress codes that exclude students like Noor.

https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1187489783024627715?s=20

-- Runners World

Runners World, always been a fan, thank you!

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a29579636/noor-abukaram-disqualified-runner-wearing-hijab/

-- USA Today

Thank you USA Today!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/highschool/2019/10/25/noor-alexandria-abukaram-cross-country-race-hijab-disqualified/2452957001/

-- MileSplit

My favorite article. Thank you. 

https://www.milesplit.com/articles/269826/muslim-runner-in-ohio-reflects-on-the-impact-of-race-dq

-- BBC

Thank you BBC! If you'd like to listen to my part, fast forward to 40 minutes!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172wrvsgz2q1bc

-- Noor (Me)

As I sit here overwhelmed with emotions, I’m a little unsure what to write to properly depict the gratitude I am feeling. Before all of this, I felt crushed, betrayed by a sport that I have grown to love so dearly. I was scared with apprehension that my coach and teammates would be negatively affected by all the media. I was conflicted. I didn’t want to offend anyone but I knew I had to do something so that no other student athlete competing in hijab would ever endure the humiliation and anguish that I went through last weekend. I am so thankful to each and every person who has shown me love and support. You guys don’t realize what that did for me, so thank you!

-- ESPN

https://www.espn.com/espn/wire…

-- Good Morning America

I can’t believe this! Thank you Good Morning America

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/…/ohio-cross-country-run…

-- Teen Vogue

Thank you Teen Vogue

https://www.teenvogue.com/…/teen-runner-reportedly-disquali…

-- Ibtihaj Muhammad

Thank you Ibtihaj Muhammad for covering my story! This means so much to me to have a role model of mine share my story!

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Shame on you Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) for disqualifying cross country athlete Noor Abukaram from a district meet because she was wearing hijab. Most people don’t realize the hurdles we have to jump over as hijabi athletes just for the same opportunities to compete like everyone else. My sister Faizah and I were often targeted by NJSIAA officials and coaches, who would try to use small loop holes in the rule book to ban us from competing in hijab. These bigots have to be stopped. Sports should be a place where everyone has the right to play. Noor, your journey is bigger than track, just as my journey was bigger than fencing. We’re riding with you till the end! #LetNoorRun 🧕🏽✊🏽 

-- Toledo Blade

Hometown heroes, thank you for your support!

https://www.toledoblade.com/sports/high-school/2019/10/23/cross-country-athlete-disqualified-for-hijab-sylvania-northview/stories/20191024037