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SC law allows home-schoolers to play sports

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An Upstate high school football team practices. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate high school football team practices. (File/FOX Carolina)

Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback with the New York Jets. He's not only known for talking about his Christian faith, but he was also home-schooled.

While in school, he asked lawmakers in Florida if he could play football in public schools. They passed a law that allowed him to do so, and now so have legislatures in South Carolina.

The law allows those who are home-schooled, or those who attend charter schools or the Governor's School of the Arts, to participate in public school extracurricular activities. Some support the law, while others believe it's not fair to public school students.

Across the Upstate, football players are already practicing their hits and moves on the field and band members are tuning up for their next performance. Because of the new law, they could soon see some home-schooled students on their teams.

Paul Aiesi said he doesn't agree with the new law.

"It doesn't make a lot of sense that you can not be in the organization, but still participate in some of the activities of that organization," Aiesi said.

Gov. Nikki Haley held a ceremonial signing of the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act on Monday in Lexington, SC. The law is also known as the "Tim Tebow Law."

"Why should they be able to participate in an organization that they've chosen not to be a part of ?" Aiesi said.

"You got a choice not to go down certain roads you pay taxes for, it's the same thing. It's the choice they made," Aiesi said.

However, his daughter, 10-year-old Mary Aiesi, sees the situation differently. She said she doesn't mind seeing home-schooled students at her school.

"I think it's a great idea because it's another way to meet new friends that don't go to the school," Mary said.

Sen. Chip Campsen, R-District 43, wrote the law.

"When you have these extracurricular activities learn what it takes to be successful and how to handle success how to handle defeat," Campsen said. "What's not fair is making the parents pay property taxes to support the school and then denying them access to activities," he said.

Dustin Green is a father too. He believes the law creates equal opportunity for children.

"I think they deserve the same opportunities as the kids that are in the schools. They're paying the same taxes and it's really unfair to the children to hold them out because of the decision parents have made," Green said.

Either way, little Mary could soon get her wish.

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