At Compton High, boys’ sports team have experienced coaches, equipment and well-maintained playing fields. The girls’ softball team had to buy its own bases and bring its own balls to play on a weedy lot littered with the corpses of poisoned gophers. You really need to read the whole LA Times story, which requires registration. (Kate Coe says you can register using “cheesefarm” as a user name and “snorky” as a password.) But here’s part of it:
For the first four games, the girls did not have official uniforms, the old ones having been stolen and the school claiming that the new order had been botched by the vendor.
Remember earlier this spring when the city of Compton held a huge celebration for its three championship basketball teams? Complete with music, lunch and helicopter rides for the players?
Around that time, the Compton softball team was playing in those white T-shirts with Sharpie numbers.
“We had to bend our backs and draw on the numbers right before the first game, with all the girls from the other team looking at us while wearing their brand-new uniforms,” junior outfielder Margarita Landeros said. “That’s when I wanted to quit.”
Landeros, who has the top grade-point average in the junior class, plans to talk about the softball team’s struggles if she graduates as valedictorian of her class.
“I know I am getting embarrassed out there,” she said. “But if it takes me being embarrassed to learn something about myself, then I will be embarrassed.”
She’s a winner.