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10 Force Players Receive All-American Honors more

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Future Force Hopefuls strut their stuff on Boy's teams

Three young ladies from the Chicago land area were recently profiled in an article for the USA Football website. Ashley Diaz a sophomore at Lake View High School, Sara Williams and Danielle Strejc from Evanston share their experiences about strapping up their chinstraps and competing alongside the boys.

Girls strap on their helmets just like boys
By Joe Frollo
October 27, 2010, revised October 27, 2010

Young female football players ask for no quarter – and don’t give any either

Jaden Finch (left) quickly dispelled any worries her teammates had about a girl playing football. The 5-foot-5, 166 pound sixth-grader plays linebacker and fullback for the Maine Endwell (N.Y.) Youth League.

Sarah Williams (with ball) grew up playing football with her brothers and his friends. The Evanston, Ill., eighth-grader hopes to play middle linebacker for her freshman team next fall.

Ashley Diaz still gets strange looks walking the halls of Lakeview High School in Chicago.

Some of her classmates call her "That girl that plays football." None of her teammates do, she said. Diaz is just another part of the team.

"At first, my teammates were just like 'Are you really playing,' " she said. "I told them yes, but they weren't mean or anything. They accepted me right in and gave me a chance.

"The reaction I get from them hasn't changed. They've supported me in the football family we have."

The National Federation of State High School Associations reports that 1,249 high school girls played tackle football in 2009. No national numbers are kept for girls on the youth level.

While the total number would amount to just a slight fraction of the 1.14 million boys who play football in the United States, that doesn't mean they like it any less, Diaz said.

A 5-foot-4, 195-pound sophomore linebacker, Diaz isn't afraid of collisions or concerns that girls weren't made for the sport.

"I just love everything about football," she said. "The adrenaline, hitting people, making touchdowns, getting a 'W.' I have amazing coaches and amazing teammates who work very hard. I say if you work hard and are committed to the game, there's really nothing to worry about. Play smart and have fun."

Jaden Finch drew some stares when she first walked onto the practice field at the Maine Endwell (N.Y.) Youth League. The 5-5, 166-pound sixth-grader ended any doubts early on.

"Most of the boys thought they could go against me and beat me real easily," Finch said. "Some thought they would hurt me. Then I went against them, and now they don't want to face me as much.

"It's fun to see girls do stuff that they're not supposed to do and be good at it."

A fullback and linebacker, the only complaint Finch hears now is when she doesn't play during key points of the game.

"I like defense better than offense, but one time I wasn't out there and our quarterback got sacked," she said. "They want me out there all the time now."

Sarah Williams faced the same early doubts with the Evanston (Ill.) Junior Wildkits. A 5-4, 150-pound eighth-grader, she grew up playing football with her brother and his friends.

"The boys were confused at first. I had to prove myself," said Williams, who now calls the defensive signals as middle linebacker for her team. "Nobody doubts me anymore."

Williams said female football players look at the game the same way their male counterparts do. Girls must rise to the same challenges to be successful both individually and as a team.

A standout volleyball player as well, Williams said she likely will go out for high school football next fall and already has talked to the freshman coach about her intentions.

"If people judge us on an even level, girls can be just as good as the boys," she said.

Danielle Strejc agrees with her fellow Wildkit. Strejc plays on the seventh-grade team as a wide receiver, and while she isn't afraid to mix it up on blocks, she much prefers running away from the boys when the ball is in her hands.

"I like playing football because it is challenging and surprising to people when they see a girl playing," she said. "Last year, I caught some long passes, and the coach started yelling from the sideline, 'You are letting a girl beat you.' After the game, the same coach said, 'Good game. You are a really good receiver.' That made me feel good."

If only convincing mom was as easy as convincing that coach for Strejc.

"When I told her I wanted to play tackle, she got very upset and said it wasn't a sport for girls," Strejc said. "She let me go to summer camps because it was non-contact. I promised I would stop if I got hurt or wasn't having fun.

"It was never really a problem when the season started, and she's even come to two games."

Football players don't ask to be treated special, and girls are no different, Finch said. When other girls ask her about playing, Finch tells them to go for it as long as they are not scared of sweat and hard work.

"It's really fun to play, but if you don't want to commit, it's not for you," Finch said. "Girls are going to be judged tougher at first, so you have to make sure it's what you really want to do."

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