Sarah Fuller, a women’s soccer player for Vanderbilt University made history on November 28th, 2020.
Her kickoff to begin the second half of the college football game between Vanderbilt and Missouri was no regular kick. With that kick, Sarah became the first woman to play in a college football game in one of the Power 5 conferences.
Sarah Fuller’s path to this historic moment was not easy.Recruited from her hometown of Wylie, Texas, she struggled through several injuries and stiff competition for her starting goalie position on the Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer team.
She missed much of her early season with the team, and the Covid-19 pandemic eliminated key exhibition games in Spring 2020. These games would have allowed Sarah to better compete for a starting position in her Senior season.
But through it all Sarah Fuller kept working.
Her coach and teammates admired her defiant work ethic as she battled through years of adversity.
Fortunately, her effort was rewarded. Four games into the 2020 season, Fuller was called on to start in goal for the Commodores. Her efforts would help land the team in the SEC championship where she was able to secure the win for her team, its first since 1995.
Only a few days later she received the invitation to come kick for the Vanderbilt Football team in their game against Missouri. Fuller plans to continue working with the team as they finish out their 2020 season, but her impact on the sports world will be remembered for years to come.
She wants to tell "all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to. Like you really can."
Sarah is a supporter of the organization Play Like a Girl, a non-profit that works to encourage girls to play sports and pursue education in STEM related fields. In honor of this, she wore the name of the organization on the back of her helmet in her football debut.Sarah Fuller will graduate from Vanderbilt and continue her education at the University of North Texas. She plans to get her masters in Hospital Administration while continuing her soccer career for the school.
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