Monthly Archives: October 2012

Female Linebacker Inspires other Young Girls

Aminah Barrett is only one of the seven girls in the city of Houston that plays football with boys. She attends Twin Creeks Middle School.

The eighth grader receives solid A and B grades and has been playing since the fourth grade.

“I like playing linebacker,” Aminah told KMOV St Louis. “I like to hit people and be aggressive.” Aminah is also a running back.

When her teammate Colton Mangum saw a girl with them while they were getting their pads, he thought, “‘Oh, okay so this is different.’”

But it’s not that different in her family, her mom played in the Women’s Football League in Louisiana.

“I love her and I’m very proud of her, very proud of her,” said her mother, Mika Frizzell.

Twin Creeks Middle School Coach Chris Brice is not letting any of the boys go easy on her either.

“Our kids go hard with her and that way she gets the full experience … Speed agility drills, weight room work. Absolutely, I see no reason why any female couldn’t do it,” he said.

Brandon Peralta, a wide receiver, told KMOV he was surprised by how good she was.

“When she came out and I saw her play I was like, ‘Okay, we got a good girl on our team,’” he said.

Aminah hasn’t decided how far she wants to take football but her advice to other girls is, “Never let anyone ever tell you that you can’t. If this is something that you want to do, you work hard. You put your mind to it. Never give up.”

Source: The Grio

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Make School Safe for Girls Everywhere

(CNN) – Tuesday was a tragic day for girls everywhere. In Pakistan, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school on a bus. Although she was targeted specifically because she spoke out against the Taliban’s suppression of women’s education rights, her story serves as a reminder of the obstacles that girls face in trying to obtain schooling.

In all my travels, from Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to villages and towns across rural India, I have been struck by the unwavering commitment of every girl to do one simple thing: Go to school.

Just like Malala, the girls I met know that education is their ticket to a better future: for themselves, their families and their entire communities.

Girls would beg their parents to let them stay one more year in school, struggling to juggle their household chores with caring for their younger siblings, all so they can squeeze in one more day in the classroom.

Unfortunately, girls around the world have also shared with me how pursuing an education can be dangerous, whether it’s because of harassment and violence from teachers or the dangers they encounter as they walk to school.


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