(TheProudRepublic.com) – A new incidence of transgender interference in sports is pressing ahead as a biological male volleyball player from California is expected to get awarded to become the first man to receive an athletic scholarship for women’s Division 1.
A transgender volleyball player from California, a junior in high school, has verbally committed to join the University of Washington’s volleyball team.
The College Fix reports that this commitment could potentially make him the first known male recipient of a women’s Division 1 athletic scholarship in the sport.
According to a report by Reduxx on Wednesday, if the university formalizes Tate Drageset’s commitment next fall, he will occupy one of the 12 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I volleyball scholarships designated for women at the institution.
Reduxx cited an unnamed source, identified as “the parent of a minor player within the Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) community,” who raised concerns about Drageset’s increasing participation in women’s volleyball.
“As he got older, it became more obvious that something was off. Anytime the subject of [Drageset] would come up EVERY PARENT from any SCVA team already knew about him. Parents look around before they speak in hushed tones. Some will wait to discuss until outside the gym,” the source said.
“Everyone is scared of how their child will be treated if they speak up. The stealing of positions and opportunities has been infuriating and so sad when you see how it affects the girls. There is no concern for their mental health or safety after being replaced,” the source added.
Riley Gaines, a former swimmer at the University of Kentucky and an advocate for women’s sports, was also resentful.
“Stealing the already few opportunities for women at the collegiate level. How can he be proud? @UWVolleyball should rescind the scholarship if they really care about women. He can play with the men,” she wrote on social media.
The tuition at the University of Washington is listed as $12,645 for in-state residents and $41,997 for out-of-state students for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the university’s admissions website.
Drageset was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily News in November 2022 as the “Daily News Girls Athlete of the Week” when he was a sophomore.
“Drageset had 23 kills, 10 digs and three aces for the Griffins in their first-ever appearance in the CIF State finals,” the news outlet reported.