New uniforms will help Muslim girls compete in sports

The Cedar-Riverside traveling girls basketball team has received new uniforms, with the help from the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota College of Design Professor Elizabeth Bye said she needed to help after watching the girls struggle to play basketball.

"When you see them try to run on the basketball court in long skirt and hijab, and try to hold the hijab while they are shooting, it just doesn't happen easily," said Prof. Bye.

After getting feedback from their parents and their community, the girls voted for their favorite, and unveiled the winning design on the catwalk Wednesday night.

"There was a lot of excitement. In fact, the moms want uniforms so they can exercise," Bye said.

10-year-old Nabiiha Farah says she feels "excited and happy" because the girls have been working hard on the outfits, and "to see them come to life is awesome."

These outfits are about more than just making a fashion statement; they're also about leveling the playing field with the boys.

"This is a great opportunity for the girls and me. Now I don't have to rip my dress or anything, so my parents are happy for me too," said 10-year-old Ramla Ali.

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