New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

This is no ordinary fashion show. The models are East African, primarily Muslim girls living in Minnesota who designed their own culturally sensitive sportswear that lets them move freely without worrying about tripping on a long, flowing dress or having a head scarf come undone at a crucial point.
Sertac Sehlikoglu, a social anthropologist working on leisure, sports and the Muslim communities at the University of Cambridge, noted that Iran has been developing culturally appropriate female sportswear for years. She agreed with the Minnesota project’s organizers that the girls’ designs could catch on in other cities with large Muslim populations.

In this June 16, 2015 photo, East African Muslim girls practiced basketball in their new uniforms in Minneapolis. Muslim girls who play sports have challenges that go beyond the sporting. Their new culturally sensitive uniforms, designed by the girls, address worries over tripping on a long, flowing dress, or having a loosely wrapped hijab come undone during a crucial play. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/collection/new-sports-uniforms-level-the-playing-f-2015-07-01/#ixzz3fzuKYChI Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
In this June 16, 2015 photo, East African Muslim girls practiced basketball in their new uniforms in Minneapolis. Muslim girls who play sports have challenges that go beyond the sporting. Their new culturally sensitive uniforms, designed by the girls, address worries over tripping on a long, flowing dress, or having a loosely wrapped hijab come undone during a crucial play. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)