Stacey Tinsley, firstname.lastname@example.org
From a very young age, Sarah Robertson has always been interested and active in sports.
From riding horses and barrel racing to a freshman soccer player at Haughton High School, Sarah liked to constantly challenge and push herself. Now in her junior year of high school, Sara has taken on the challenge of being the Junior Varsity football kicker and the first female football player at the school.
“I’m super excited. I’m ready to see what is going to happen in the future. Hopefully all good things. All the boys are super excited and super supportive of me and help me out all the time. They are really awesome, ” Sarah said.
After playing soccer since her freshman year of high school, Sarah wanted to try something new. She went to her parents and asked them how they would feel if she went and tried out for the kicker position on the football team.
After much discussion and weighing out the pros and cons, Sarah’s parents agreed she should give it a shot… Under one condition: that the coach would treat her just like everyone else on the team.
“When she came into my office, I said ‘What do you want to do? Do you really want to be on the football team? Because there are some challenges to that. You have to understand that your about to be on a team with 140 guys in our program, and you’re going to be the only girl,’” said Jason Brotherton, Haughton High School’s head football coach.
Understanding all of the challenges she could face, Sarah earned her spot as one of the four kickers on the team.
On Monday, Sept. 17, Sarah kicked and made her very first field goal after the team scored a touchdown against Byrd High School.
Maggie Robertson, Sarah’s mom said, “We are very excited about it. It’s been kinda surreal to us.”
Her dad, Brian Robertson, said, “I would like to thank the community. They have been very supportive. When she made her first field goal in the game and it was just awesome watching all the kids out there giving her high fives and all rooting for her. I would like to thank the players on the team just for accepting her. And for Coach Brotherton for giving her a shot.”
While football is a sport that remains male-dominated, with no women playing in the NFL and very few on college teams, girls are gaining attention for their achievements in breaking into the boy’s club at the high school level.
Sarah is excited to be one of that elite club.
“I couldn’t do this without my coaches. I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are extremely supportive and just amazing,” said Sarah.
[Edit for clarification: This story was updated to reflect that Robertson is the first female player in school history, not the parish.]