Girls playing football in college is an inspiring and empowering phenomenon. While women’s flag football is emerging as a collegiate sport, women have historically joined men’s teams, often as placekickers. However, there have been recent notable instances where women have played in positions other than kicker or punter. For instance, Haley Van Voorhis made history by becoming the first female football player to appear in an NCAA football game outside of the kicker position. She played as a safety for Shenandoah University. Her achievement is a testament to the growing inclusivity and recognition of women’s participation in football at the college level.
Safety Haley Van Voorhis became the first woman who was not a kicker or punter to appear in a NCAA college football game. Van Voorhis, a junior at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., was tapped to play Saturday against Juniata College during a Division III game at Shenandoah’s Shentel Stadium. When the 5-foot-6, 145-pound junior from The Plains, Va., stepped onto the field on third and long to rush the Juniata quarterback, she became the first woman to play in an NCAA football game.
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The Sport Lady has been a lifelong sports enthusiast. She believes that sports have the power to unite people, create common bonds, and foster shared experiences. As a wife and mother of sports lovers, she is passionate about her favorite teams and cherishes every opportunity to watch them play. For her, every day is game day!