East Texas football player wins UIL appeal, can return to play

East Texas football player wins UIL appeal, can return to play
Stanczak won an appeal against the UIL board’s decision. (Source: KLTV Staff)

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - A student who was badly beaten in a high school locker room will be allowed to return to the football field following a unanimous decision by a University Interscholastic League board.

On Sept. 26, the UIL board barred Michael Stanczak from participating in any UIL sanctioned activities, which includes football. Transfer students are often barred from participating in UIL activities at their new school unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Stanczak appealed the UIL’s decision.

Tuesday, a UIL State Executive Committee voted to allow him to play and overturned the district executive committee’s decision.

“After hearing your case, the State Executive Committee has granted your appeal. The grant of the appeal means that the district executive committee decision has been overturned and the student-athlete is eligible to play varsity athletics pending any necessary waivers,” a UIL document addressed to Stanczak’s parents reads.

According to the committee’s meeting results, which are posted on the organization’s website, "After hearing testimony from all parties, it was determined that this student did not change schools for athletic purposes.:

Stanczak was badly injured in a Sept. 27, 2017, beating. Stanczak, then a senior at Palestine High School, was punched in the face multiple times by a teammate, resulting in severe injuries, and momentarily ending his dreams of playing football. Stanczak has had three reconstructive surgeries with another pending.

His then teammate Le’George Gray was arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury. He is currently out on bond.

Stanczak has since transferred to Elkhart High School to repeat his senior year.

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