Even though the school year is starting to wind down, college scholarship decisions are being made for next year right now. And for one woman, her scholarship came with an extra exciting perk: It was a historical milestone. Becca Longo, who signed on to study at Adams State University in Colorado and play football, is the first woman to receive a college football scholarship at a D-II or higher school.
“I had no idea,” Longo told PEOPLE and the history making moment of signing her offer from Adams State University. ”It didn’t really kick in until a couple hours after, I just thought I was signing a piece of paper to go play the sport I love again. Even right now, I’m still shocked. It just doesn’t feel real."
Longo, who is 18, will be playing kicker, a position she played in high school. She became interested in football as a way to bond with her older brother, but she quickly found that her passion for the sport was more than just a sibling game. She excelled throughout high school -- even taking her junior year off due to a change in schools didn't slow her down!
Neither did the people who were less than enthused about a high school age girl dominating on the football field. “I got a lot of negativity, and people saying I couldn’t do it,” she said. “But that’s just what pushed me to do what I’m doing.” Aside from the few people who asked if she was wearing her own jersey or her boyfriend's (groan), she received a lot of support from her friends, family, and teammates.
We're sure she'll find Adams State University just a welcoming! Congratulations, Becca, and good luck at college!
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