The Christchurch High School senior currently plays defensive back.
Christchurch High School senior Haley Van Voorhis is primed to make history on the football field. Van Voorhis, a defensive back on Christchurch, Virginia's Christchurch High School's varsity football team, has been recruited by Division 3 schools for the last two years, WJLA reports. And when she gets on that college football field, it won't be just as a punter or a kicker—an opportunity only recently allowed women in football. Van Voorhis will play defensive back, becoming the first female position player in Division 3.
As it has done for so many of us, COVID-19 has thrown a temporary wrench in her plans.
Crazy to think that one year ago today I was playing my last high school game ever just as a JR. Coaches fr ain’t playin when they say play every game like it’s your last.— Haley Van Voorhis (@Haley_VV) February 18, 2021
Still, Van Voorhis told ABC7, "I've been working hard and putting in the extra work, especially this year. It just felt like nothing was going right. To have the opportunity, I got my hopes up, and I'm going to keep working hard."
The senior athlete, who's been playing team football since she was 9, already has at least one offer, from Shenandoah University.
Her coach, Ed Homer, captioned a video, "@Haley_VV continues to show why she deserves a spot on a college football team in 2021. 245lbs at about 150?! That's over 160% of her body weight ... at the end of 2 hours. This athlete goes morning, noon, and night!"
We look forward to seeing what Van Voorhis accomplishes on the field as an NCAA athlete!
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