Female football players gain ground in Boyle Heights

Photo courtesy Roraima Martínez/Boyle Heights Beat

Photo courtesy Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — A princess is usually found in a castle or a fairy tale, not on a football field, but at Roosevelt High School, 14-year-old Princess Aguilar is changing the rules of the game.

At Roosevelt High School, girls train alongside the boys on the field and in the weight room. Aguilar, an incoming sophomore, is one of three female football players expected to play on the team this fall. She is the only girl in a family with four boys and says playing football is a family tradition.

“I grew up with boys. All my family are boys, so they’ve taught me,” she says. “My brother played, so I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

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Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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One comment

  1. You go, girl! Love this story!

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