In order to play with the girls after moving to New York from Ireland, Keeling had to get permission from Suffolk's mixed-competition committee, which screens players who want to compete on teams of the opposite sex. There have been several occasions where girls have been approved to play football, wrestle or compete in other traditional boys sports, but Keeling is believed to be the first boy to play alongside girls on Long Island.
Kevin Seaman, the attorney for the committee that oversees public school athletics in Suffolk County said the vote to allow Keeling to play was not unanimous but that they did determine Keeling's play did not amount to "'a significant adverse effect' on girls' opportunity to participate in interschool competition."
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