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Johnson v. Florida High School Activities Association, Inc.
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
899 F. Supp. 579 (1995)
Dennis Johnson (plaintiff) suffered from a medical condition that caused him to lose all hearing in both ears prior to entering eighth grade. Due to his hearing disability, Johnson was two grade levels behind most other students his age. In public high school, Johnson played football and wrestling for three years. Prior to starting his senior year, however, Johnson turned 19 years old. According to the rules of the Florida High School Activities Association, Inc. (FHSAA) (defendant), students at member high schools were ineligible to participate in interscholastic sports when they turned 19 years old. The age-ceiling eligibility criterion could not be waived. Johnson sued FHSAA seeking a preliminary injunction allowing him to participate in interscholastic sports. The court found that Johnson was not considered a “star” athlete, not the largest player on various teams’ rosters, and wrestled in a heavyweight division against other competitors in that division.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bucklew, J.)
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