Girl keeps up with boys in youth football league
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida girl is trading in pigtails for pigskin and proving she can hang with the boys, but she's not just hanging with them, she's pushing them around.
Pads on, helmet tightly fastened, number 58 rushes the field, but 58 is not your average football player. "They sometimes whisper to each other and say number 58 is a girl," said Kathryn Serra.
On a team of boys 58 is the only girl. "I like playing the games, when I actually put people on the ground that are not my teammates," said Kathryn Serra.
The tough 8-year old plays right tackle on the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
It's her second year on the team, and her desire to get on the gridiron all started thanks to her older brother. "Her brother played on the peewee team, and she would stay at all of his practices, and at the end, she would do the conditioning exercises with the boys," said Serra's mother Laura George. "One of her coaches saw her and saw that she was strong and fast, so he started talking to us about her participating in the next year's football season," said her mother Laura George.
The third grader not only keeps up with the boys, but she takes charge. "She's a leader," said coach Tony Goudie. "She is never going to lead with her mouth, but by her actions, which is the best kind. She shows up to practice early. She practices at full speed. She never takes a play off, a down off, a sprint off, anything off. She's fully dedicated, and she cares more about the success of the team than she does about her own success. I've coached a couple of girls, but she is the best one by far."
Her parents are supportive of her decision to play and are calling her a role model for other girls. "She's just physically in good shape, and I think she can be on the field with boys," said George.
"Just to see her happy and see that she's able to do it just means everything to me," said Serra's father.
After the game, the pads come off, and Serra puts on the pink, with a special message for anybody who thinks football is a boy's sport. "They're wrong. I can do whatever I want," said Serra.
When Serra grows up, she wants to work with athletes maybe as a team doctor in the NFL.
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