Sophia Darwish Q+A

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Nicole Posont , Editor-in-Chief

 

Q: What is your favorite part about playing football?

A: “Football has always been an outlet for me. It’s a way for me to get out any stress or negative emotions I  feel. I am sure most athletes can relate to feeling this way about their sport. The field is a place where I have nothing to worry about but improving myself.”

 

Q: How do you feel being on the team has impacted you? 

A: “I am definitely a much more disciplined person, on and off the field. I feel like my whole personality and my habits have changed for the better. Joining the team is probably the best thing I have done for myself, mentally and physically.”

 

Q: What advice would you give to another girl considering getting into a male-dominated sport?

A: “Go for anything you are passionate about, male dominated or not. I played for about 4 years before I stopped. I left the sport because I couldn’t handle the whispers and rumors and name calling that would go around about me that I didn’t even understand at the time because I was so young. My biggest regret is letting those few people get to me, and I wish I would’ve focused on all of the support I was receiving. you will always have people out to make you feel like you don’t belong, but you will also always have so many people cheering you on. I will always cheer you on. so much progress is being made, in fact right now there are wheels in motion, thanks to our amazing head coach, to get some women’s locker space out by the football locker rooms for any future female players. I am so thankful he heard me when I said it would be nice to have a place to get ready and keep my stuff. Now is definitely the time to push your limits and make a difference where you want to see it.”

 

“I want to give a massive thank you to Mr. Draper, as well as to our head coach, Coach Imbordino, for pushing me since day one, creating so many opportunities for me, having my back, and of course pushing for the women’s locker space by the field. I have never felt not welcome with my team. My teammates and coaches have been nothing but supportive. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to play with such a talented team.”