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Texas AD can’t lead religious events, clubs (December 2023)

Thanks to FFRF’s intervention, the San Felipe Del Rio CISD in Del Rio, Texas, has removed the director of athletics from organizing and leading religious clubs and promoting religious events. FFRF received a report that the district’s director of athletics had been organizing, leading and running Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs at Del Rio High School and Del Rio Middle School. The director promoted the Del Rio High School FCA club on his official Facebook page on multiple instances. Additionally, the director promoted and encouraged student attendance at a religious event, “See You at the Pole.” Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence wrote to the district regarding the situation. General counsel for the school district from Schulman, Lopex, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP responded to FFRF’s letter. “The district has provided [the director] with directives to remind [them] that [they] cannot lead or promote the FCA or See You at the Pole events,” Ricardo R. Lopez wrote. Additionally, all future meetings of the FCA club will be student organized and led, a point that will additionally be reiterated with the students.