CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, INC. V. FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC.: PRAYER IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

Colton Bassett*

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           For Cambridge Christian School (Cambridge), prayer before football games is a “long standing tradition.”  A student, parent, or school employee delivers a prayer over a loudspeaker at all home events and at away events when possible.  However, at the 2015 Florida Division 2A high school state championship game, against University Christian School (University), Cambridge was denied the use of the loudspeaker by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).  This decision prompted Cambridge to bring a lawsuit, raising claims under the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of both the United States and Florida Constitutions. 

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