Mili Hernandez is 8 years old, loves soccer, has short hair and looks like a boy, so she and her team were kicked out of a girls soccer tournament in Nebraska on Sunday.
The team was about to play in the finals of the tournament in Springfield when it got word.
Tournament officials didn’t want to look at insurance records that showed she’s a girl, which suggests that the reason the team was kicked out was because someone wanted to game the game.
Two of the country’s legendary soccer stars rushed to her defense.
Dear Mili Hernandez, you are amazing in every way. Thank you for teaching us how to be brave and shining a light on something so hurtful. If you don't know, she is my new hero. Her team was disqualified from a tourney cause they thought she was a boy because of a clerical error that wasn't handled properly. Let's meet soon sister.
Hey Mili, we would love to host you at one of our camps @TeamFirstSA . Be you!
— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) June 5, 2017
Mili, don't EVER let anyone tell you that you aren't perfect just as you are.i won championships with short hair https://t.co/WlfL3EIPic
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 5, 2017
Mili says she’ll find other tournaments to play in.
(h/t: Sean Collins)