Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Suit Claims College Volleyball Coach Required Team Members To Attend Church

The Wilmington News Journal and Courthouse News Service report on a lawsuit filed this week in federal district court in Delaware by a former Delaware Sate University volleyball player who says she lost her scholarship because she objected to the volleyball coach's requirement that players attend church and participate in other religious activities.  The suit filed by Natalia Mendieta, a Catholic, against former coach LaKisya Killingsworth and former athletic director Candy Young claims that in 2013 the coach required players to attend Sunday services with her at Calvary Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church. The coach also had the team pray before each match, distributed Bibles to the team and urged players to join the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2014, the coach made religious activities optional, but still listed church on the team's schedule and favored those who attended.  The suit claims that after plaintiff objected to the church attendance requirement, the coach used plaintiff's violation of a curfew by a few minutes as an excuse for revoking her scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.