Women in Football?
September 18, 2009 | NeW Staff
Fall is in the air. The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper, and for many of us diehards, college football has begun. Go Gators! (had to get that in there!)
Typically, the only women you see on the field are cheerleaders, news reporters, or the occasional “water-girl.” Never before have we seen women involved in the heart of the game. Until now.
The New York Times published an article today about Sarah Thomas, the only woman to serve as a referee for “big-time” college football.
So what’s it like for a woman on a field of hundreds of focused and competitive men? Sarah says,
Thomas said she blends easily into the sideline and is hardly noticed by coaches or players. “As a former athlete, I understand that they are focused and intent on what they’re doing,” she said. She understands intensity can give way to some salty language. “What is funny is on those rare times they notice that I’m a woman, they get very embarrassed, and my kids could stand there without hearing anything inappropriate.”
Women can have a positive influence in all sorts of ways!