Abukaram provided proponent testimony on the legislation during Wednesday's committee hearings.
“The whole idea from the start is to inspire real change so that this never happens to anyone ever again," said Abukaram. "Working with Senator Gavarone to draft this bill is another step towards real change.”
According to Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) rules, participants are banned from wearing head coverings unless the athlete has been granted special permission by the official prior to the event.
Senate Bill 288 eliminates the requirement for special permission from the OHSAA, allowing athletes to participate in events while wearing items that reflect their religious beliefs.
“I readily sponsored this legislation because no student-athlete, regardless of religious affiliation, should have to choose between competing or their religion,” Gavarone said. “Working with Noor on this bill has been an honor and I am so excited to see the positive impact it will have on Ohio’s student-athletes.”