Kye Allums To Become First Transgender Athlete To Play Basketball In NCAA

November 4th, 2010 - 7:17 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
waerstWashington, Nov 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) George Washington University junior Kye Allums is all set to be the very first transgender athlete to play basketball in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) when he plays in the season opener of his university later this month. As long as Kye Allums intends to play for the basketball team of his university, he would not be permitted to undergo a sex change surgery as well as take the male hormone testosterone but the 21-year-old would be identified as a male when he plays with his team in the near future.

When Kye Allums get into the court later this month, it would indeed be a significant moment for the college junior as he would be the ‘first publicly transgender’ person who would be participating in NCAA Division I college basketball. The news that Kye Allums who was earlier known as Kay-Kay Allums, would be part of the women’s basketball team of the university but would be identified as a man was confirmed in a news conference that was held on Wednesday where Mike Bozeman, the coach of the George Washington women’s basketball team addressed the media along with the 21-year-old college junior.

While talking to the media Kye Allums said that initially it was hard for him as he wanted to transform into a man without any delay. However, he decided that to wait and focus on basketball as well as school and so choose to be with the game. In the meanwhile, Robert Chernak, senior vice provost at the George Washington University has told reporters that the university is accepting the 21-year-old’s decision to live as a male student.

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