From Texas comes the tale of a 6-foot, 300-pound 12-year-old whose mother is planning to protest the rules of the Pee-Wee Football Assn. because it doesn't allow players' weight to exceed 135 pounds.
And she isn't alone. Ellijah Earnhardt's coach is also pushing the association to allow the boy into the game. Of course he is; imagine what a formidable force Elijah would be on the field.
Elijah would be allowed to play in school leagues, which allow bigger kids, but those are also generally older players with some experience. As a newcomer to the game, Elijah understandably feels a little intimidated by that prospect.
It's a hard thing to happen to a well-intentioned middle-school boy, but in this case, it's also a fair one. Excluding a person from an activity because of size would be discriminatory if there weren't a valid reason for it. In this case, the reason isn't just valid, it's necessary.