The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to decide whether the Michigan High School Athletic Association discriminated against a former exchange student from South Korea, Sang Woo Robbins.
Robbins sat on the bench this past football season, which would have been his third year of playing for the Hudson Tigers. Robbins came to the U.S. in 2009 as an exchange student, but decided to stay, was adopted by his host family and became a naturalized citizen.
The high school athletic association, though, continued to treat him as an exchange student -- which means he is only eligible to play for one year. The rule is supposed to discourage schools from recruiting exchange students to build championship sports teams.
The state Department of Civil Rights sued the athletic association for discrimination based on race and national origin. Everyone is hoping for a decision before the fall, which will begin Robbins' senior year and football season.