DUBUQUE, Iowa - A new era kicks off for the Dubuque Senior High School Rams when Kicker Melissa Olivares steps up to the kicking tee. She's the first female in school history to play varsity football.
Olivares's Teammate Benjamin Kubitz said, “She's just another one of us. We're a big family. “
But there are some things that are different.
Olivares said, “There have been a lot of difficult challenges like locker rooms and practice uniforms. Everything thing is huge on me so I just had to order everything. “
And unlike many of her male teammates, Olivares won't get a break during half time.
“I have been playing trumpet since 4th grade,” said Olivares.
She's also the lead trumpet player for the school's marching band.
“That's going to be difficult because I am probably going to have to wear my football jersey to march and that may be difficult,” said Olivares.
Her jersey is made to fit her tiny frame. She may be small, but she's mighty. And she's confident. That's a trait she's trying to perfect of the football field.
Kubitz said, “I have no idea a girl would have the guts to try out for the football team.”
“I am not doing football because I am a girl and it's something new. I am doing it because its fun, “said Olivares.
Olivares might be starting a trend. A female also plays on the freshman football team.
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