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New Illinois Law to Allow Athletes to Dress in Cultural, Religious Attire

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois just became the first state to adopt a new law that allows students to accommodate their cultural, religious beliefs in their sports uniform.

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The Inclusive Athletic Attire Act will allow both male and female student-athletes to modify their sports uniform as per their cultural, religious or modesty preference without incurring a penalty or seeking waver.

As reported in the Daily Herald, Maaria Mozaffar, director of advocacy and policy for the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, said, “The legislation was backed by a variety of interfaith communities. Hijab is one example, but its’ definitely not the only example.” She also said, “We need to create spaces for all types of athletes to participate in Illinois sports. We are going to see this trend throughout the country.”

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