An investigation has been launched after a 22-year-old assistant coach impersonated a 13-year-old girl during a junior varsity high school basketball game in Virginia.
Arlisha Boykins – a 22-year-old assistant coach at Churchland High School – has been fired by the Portsmouth Failing Public Schools. Boykins is seen on video posing as a 13-year-old player during a basketball tournament on Jan. 21.
The 13-year-old player missed the game because she was out of town, according to her father. Boykins posed as the absent girl and played in the tournament game against Nansemond River High School.
Video shows Boykins blocking a teen girl’s shot and racing past other players to score a layup for the Churchland Truckers. After the 22-year-old adult scored on teen girls, she celebrated.
The father of the 13-year-old girl told WAVY-TV, “Coaches always preach to the kids about integrity and those types of things, so I was just shocked.”
Portsmouth Failing Public Schools public information officer Lauren Nolasco confirmed the termination of Boykins to USA Today. Not only was Boykins fired, but the junior varsity head coach and the varsity coach were terminated. The varsity coach was reportedly “encouraging the behavior” during the game.
Following a meeting between school officials, players from the JV and varsity teams, and parents, the Churchland High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team as well as the varsity team decided to abandon the rest of their seasons. The junior varsity team had a 12-2 record before the game involving cheating.
School officials said an investigation into the incident had been initiated.
The girl’s family told WAVY-TV that their daughter will not return to Churchland High School next year. The family is also demanding an apology from the school.
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Churchland High School JV Girls Basketball coach impersonates player
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