Talk about incredible!
Okay, so THIS is how you kick off the new school year! 16-year-old high school junior Holly Neher goes to Hollywood Hills Hill School in Florida, where she just played her very first game of varsity football. After playing on the girls’ flag football team for the first two years at the school, she became varsity quarterback, and the only girl on the 50-member team. Then, she really showed everyone what she’s made of by throwing a touchdown pass in her team’s first game of the 2017 season!
Holly told ABC News that she was overwhelmed by the reaction of her teammates upon this big score.
“I started jumping up and down. My teammates started jumping on me,” she shared. “Coaches were screaming from the sidelines. Everyone started hitting me on the helmet.”
Holly is believed to be the first female in the state of Florida to throw a touchdown pass in high school competition. The school’s assistant principal Erin Brown also shared her pride, explaining: “When she made that pass the whole crowd went wild and you could see the support from her teammates. We couldn’t be more proud of our students.”
Hollywood Hills High didn’t end up winning this game, but Holly walked away with an important message she wanted to share. Hoping to break down gender stereotypes in sports, the athlete hopes everyone watching her play understands that girls can accomplish amazing things.
“I hope that they all see how small how I am and no matter what mindset or color, race, size, gender, you can do anything you want,” she said.
Way to make history AND inspire others along the way!
You can check out Holly’s incredible pass in the video below!