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Hit like a girl: Holly Alderson turning heads on football team

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Hit like a girl: Holly Alderson turning heads on football team

Kaelin Tabor, 11

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Having girls on the football team isn’t a normal occurance at Circle,but

Holly Alderson changes the game.

Holly, 12, plays JV/Varsity and plays on the defensive and offensive line. Girls have played on the team before, most recently Leini Coslett, but Holly is the only senior girl to play recently.

Holly plays because it’s a dream of hers and when she got the chance she took it.

“Well I’ve always wanted to play football and my  brothers always played. I either wanted to be a cheerleader or player but as I got bigger, I really didn’t want to be a cheerleader, and Trinity wouldn’t let me play, so I was like heck yes,” said Alderson.   

She joined the team just like any other boy or girl would. She practices and bought the gear for football just like anyone else on the team.  

“I was making a joke and said ‘Hey can I join the team’ and then Clothier was like ‘Yeah if you want to’. I got super excited cause I low-key really did want to, so I just joined.” Alderson Said.

Holly practices and works just as hard as the boys do, and even though she is a girl, the boys don’t treat her any differently.

“I haven’t noticed anything. I mean sometimes you notice them hit me softer but that’s fine you can hit me softer, I’m not gonna hit you any softer, but it’s gonna take them a bit of time before they fully go all out with me,” Alderson said.  

Holly really enjoys playing because the team is close and it doesn’t phase her that she’s the only girl.

“It’s fun because honestly it really doesn’t make much of a difference to me I mean the dudes are my family. I mean some people are like ‘Wow you’re the only girl’ but I don’t need people to think it’s cool or think I’m a dude or something. Not that I’d care because my teammates accept me. I don’t need anybody else to care,” said Alderson.

While Holly  playing on the team might not lead to an advantage against other teams because she’s a girl, it might lead to an advantage for women to show that if she can do it then so can every other girl.

“I think they’ll play her the same as they play everybody else,” Brandon Terrones, 11, said.

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