Kye Allums Leaving Basketball

BY Michelle Garcia

May 19 2011 12:00 PM ET

The first transgender man to play NCAA Division I basketball says he's ready to move on from the sport and will not play during his senior year.

George Washington University announced Thursday that Kye Allums "has decided that it is in his best interest to no longer participate in intercollegiate athletics," ESPN reports.


Allums announced in November that he was transgender and would prefer to be known as a male player. As per NCAA rules, Allums was still allowed to play on the women's team.

"I alone came to this conclusion and I thank the athletic department for respecting my wishes," he said in a statement.

No other specifics as to why Allums decided not to don the uniform next year, but his career at George Washington University contains many highlights and rough points.

Allums came out right before the 2010-2011 season began, making headlines around the world. He then played in only eight games, after multiple concussions caused memory problems, and was unsure whether he would be able to play in the future because of them.

In an interview in March, Allums told The Advocate that he did not know exactly what the future held for him, but he said "hopefully [I'll be] making a difference in the world in some kind of way."








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