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Run a Mile in Selina’s Shoes

Sarah Kramer
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ADF client Selina Soule

When Selina Soule was a junior in high school, she faced a challenging situation. 

That year, at the Connecticut indoor track and field championships, Selina narrowly missed a chance to compete for a spot in the New England regional championships. 

This was significant because Selina had long had her sights set on competing in college. She trained hard to achieve that goal. And the New England regional championships are attended by many college scouts.

But Selina hadn’t just narrowly missed that goal because she was up against other talented female athletes. If that were the case, she would have been disappointed… but she would have put her head down and jumped right back into training, with more determination to hit her goals the next year. 

The situation Selina faced was different than just doing her best and coming up short. You see, Selina had been forced to compete against two male athletes. 

Under Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) rules, male athletes who identify as female are permitted to compete on women’s athletic teams. As soon as two male athletes entered her races, Selina saw her chances of fair competition start to slip away from her. 

She knew this wasn’t fair. And she couldn’t stand on the sidelines and watch it happen. 

Selina—a high school student—decided to speak up about this unfair policy. 

With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, she filed a lawsuit against the CIAC, calling on it to protect her right to compete on a level playing field. Eventually, Selina’s courageous stand also encouraged Connecticut female athletes Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell, and Ashley Nicoletti to speak out and publicly join her lawsuit. 

These female athletes know what should be common sense: Men and women are different—and those differences matter. Particularly in the arena of athletics. 

Unfortunately, Connecticut’s athletic association is not the only one that has adopted policies allowing male athletes to compete in the female category. Across the country, male athletes are competing against girls and women—and they’re winning.

Selina’s Run

Female athletes like Selina are taking a brave stand to protect the integrity of women’s sports. Now you can stand with them. 

To raise awareness about this threat to women’s sports and to stand in solidarity with Selina, our friends at Save Women’s Sports are hosting a virtual run. 

They’re calling it Selina’s Run

It is women and girls who suffer the consequences when males are permitted to compete on their teams. Our laws and policies should reflect biological reality. When they don’t, countless girls and women are kept from their goals—and from educational and athletic opportunities. 

If Selina was courageous enough—as a high schooler—to speak up, then we can lace up our shoes and hit the pavement to show our support. 

Will you join us? 


Sarah Kramer
Sarah Kramer
Digital Content Specialist
Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.