Jaylin Dutton does not look like the typical high school athlete on the basketball court or the softball diamond.
Dutton, a senior at Doniphan High School, wears a skirt instead of the shorts or pants that most athletes wear when competing.
“Everyone believes different things — and I didn’t always play in a skirt,” Dutton said. “But my eighth grade year, my pastor came up to me and we talked about it — and I decided that I wanted to start playing basketball in a skirt.”
Dutton has worn skirts most of her life, primarily because of her faith. Many Pentecostal women — as Dutton is — and some independent Baptist women wear skirts because of their religious convictions. However, Dutton still played basketball in shorts before making the switch to a skirt in junior high.
“This is her decision,” Tracy Dutton, Jaylin’s mother, said. “This wasn’t me. She came to me and she said, ‘Mom, girls are asking me, ‘Why do you wear shorts to play?’ — because in fifth and sixth grade she did — and then you don’t [otherwise]. And she said, ‘I didn’t want to cause confusion anymore.’”