New Illinois Bill Makes Sports Uniforms More Inclusive

The Inclusive Athletic Attire Act allows for Illinois student athletes to modify uniforms for cultural or religious reasons without penalty.

New Illinois Bill Makes Sports Uniforms More Inclusive
Ayah Aldadah, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, helped pass the Inclusive Athletic Attire Act by testifying at the state hearing. Courtesy of UIUC Department of Athletics
New Illinois Bill Makes Sports Uniforms More Inclusive
Ayah Aldadah, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, helped pass the Inclusive Athletic Attire Act by testifying at the state hearing. Courtesy of UIUC Department of Athletics

New Illinois Bill Makes Sports Uniforms More Inclusive

The Inclusive Athletic Attire Act allows for Illinois student athletes to modify uniforms for cultural or religious reasons without penalty.

For years, Ayah Aldadah had to carry around a waiver that allowed her to wear a hijab and modest clothing while competing in sports. Thanks to the Inclusive Athletic Attire Act, she no longer needs to ask permission.

Reset checks in with the college track star and an attorney who drafted the bill to discuss what the new legislation means for student athletes in Illinois.

GUESTS: Ayah Aldadah, student athlete at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Maaria Mozaffar, civil rights attorney and policy advocate