The UIL got it all wrong with Ann Richards
Kudos and applause for Leal Anderson (athletic director for the Austin school district, which includes the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders) for his gracious public reaction to the UIL’s questionable decision to have his school of 414 young women compete against schools such as Lake Travis, Bowie and Westlake with double or triple the populations of young women as Ann Richards.
The young women who attend Ann Richards are accustomed to dealing with a myriad of challenges and the UIL just handed them one more. Sixteen of 17 athletic directors affected by this reclassification agreed that Ann Richards should compete against schools with similar female populations, but the UIL leadership committee somehow missed the wisdom of the majority and sided with the one AD who has yet to voice a rationale for the vote, which may have some sour grapes attached to it.
Most of the adults involved with this decision adhered to the UIL’s stated philosophy of “there is more equitable competition on a state-wide basis when schools compete with other schools of comparable size.” The UIL leadership missed its mission on this one and ALL schools concerned will be adversely impacted.
Hats off to Mr. Anderson for gracefully moving on. The young women at Ann Richards will follow Mr. Anderson’s example as they take on an additional challenge in their educational and athletic journey.
BOB JOHNSON, Georgetown