Girl fights to play in Catholic football league

February 23rd, 2013

In this 2012 photo provided by Marycecelia Pla, her daughter, Caroline Pla, foreground, carries the ball during a Catholic Youth Organization league football game. The 11-year-old girl who's been playing football since kindergarten wants Philadelphia's Roman Catholic archdiocese to overturn a boys-only rule. (AP Photo/Pla Family)DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia doesn't need another public relations headache after years of priest-abuse and school-closure headlines, but it's got one in the form of a pony-tailed 11-year-old athlete.