Eighth grade girl makes traveling football team

Posted: February 4, 2012 in Athletics, Football, Student Accomplishments

Eighth grader Danielle Moore plays wide receiver, special teams, and cornerback for the Cougar football team. (Photo by Kylee LaPrise)

By Ashley Renowden
Staff writer

Many people think that football is a just boy sport, but eighth grader Danielle Moore decided to challenge that stereotype and tryout.
Some of the players didn’t think she was serious, but after she made the traveling team, they realized the value she had for the squad. Moore said trying out was not easy, and neither are the practices, but the daily workouts are making her a stronger person.
“I’m getting a lot faster at running and a lot stronger,” said Moore. “But besides the normal, I’m not procrastinating as much on my school work.”
Moore said didn’t try out for the team as a seventh grader because she wasn’t sure she was going to make it and she was worried that she wouldn’t be welcomed by the older players.
“I decided to play football this year because now I’m an eighth grader,” said Moore. “And I don’t have to deal with older students, such as eighth graders last year when I was in seventh grade.”
Offensive and defensive coach, Rich Milligan, has seen girl football players before, so he tried not to act too shocked about seeing Moore try out and make the team.
“It’s not the first time I have seen a girl play football so it wasn’t a big deal,” said Milligan. “But now, she’s just ‘one of the guys.’”
On the field, Moore is just as valuable as any of the guys. She shows no fear, makes no excuses, and that makes her a better player, athlete, and person.
“A team is a collection of individuals who choose to work together toward a common goal,” said Milligan. “And she most certainly does that.”
Since Moore is the only girl, she changes by herself. She is not allowed into the boys locker room, so she changes in the 700 building on her way back from her last class of the day the Apache Junction High School. But she is not separated from the boys in any other way, which is just fine with Moore.
“We have players out at practice, not boys or girls, or fast people or slow or short or tall – we have players,” said Coach Milligan. “They all get coached with the intent of improving in the areas of their greatest needs, individually, and collectively.”
“I love playing football, but I always have to push myself so that no one can say I didn’t try my hardest or that girls can’t play football,” said Moore.
  1. Mr. LaPrise says:

    Danielle played outstanding last Thursday. Keep hitting the opponents hard girl!!!

  2. Alysha T. says:

    Wow thats amazing I know Danielle is going to be amazing and do the best she can do.

  3. Glenn Blackmore says:

    I think that its cool she made the football team not that many girls make the team.But not a lot of them try out so i think its cool she made the team and tried out.

  4. QB says:

    She’s better than some of the people on our team. Good job.

  5. Danae says:

    Thats amazing and really cool that a girl made the football team.

  6. Jasmyne Jackson says:

    That is so cool that Danielle is able to participate in this sport. I think that she is a role model for all the girls that think that they can’t do any sports because they are girls but Danielle did.

  7. Megan says:

    I am very inspired by this.It shows me that girls can play sports such as football and it is still a sport.Just because, a girl plays something doesn’t mean it is not a sport.

  8. Riza says:

    That’s my girl, that’s my girl!!!! Ashley, you should contact Chuck Baker, the sports news writer for The Apache Junction News and have this article published in the local paper…..

  9. Casey says:

    Haha You did it Danielle!! Thats freaking Epic!

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