A Maine High School Invested In Their Muslim Student Athletes. It Paid Off.

Sports hijabs are making the playing field more equal.

Deering High School in Portland, Maine is making history. The school was the first in the nation to order sports hijabs for their Muslim student athletes, as depicted in The New Americans, A Plus' new series celebrating the contributions of immigrants in their local communities.

The lacrosse team noticed that traditional hijabs were holding back their Muslim teammates, and worked together to raise money to purchase the sports hijab.

"It was very uncomfortable to wear, and I didn't feel very athletic because I would always have to stop and fix my hijab," Fadumo Adan, a student at Deering High School, told A Plus. 

"A group of girls who are not Muslim spearheaded the entire movement," Melanie Craig, the school's athletic director, told A Plus. 

The purchase allowed the athletes to reach their full potential.

Sulwan Ismail-Ahmen, a lacrosse player at the school, told A Plus that her new sports hijabhas boosted her confidence and made her feel  "fierce on the field." 

"It was life-changing," Craig said. 

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