Arizona teen becomes first woman to get a college football scholarship

This story is about empowerment, true determination and grit with each ingrained in this epic tale of an Arizona young girl turned college student who decided to take on anything she wanted – including the literal field. For this young woman, playing sports was a passion. It did not make sense to her that due to the fact that she is a girl it would mean that she did not qualify or be thought of in the same ranking as the guys. She took it upon herself to train harder, perform better, and remain level headed no matter what was thrown her way. This story shows how one Arizona girl challenged all of the stereotypes about women in sports, all the while breaking record after record and taking it all in stride, including bullying and holdbacks. One girl is paving the way for many more to follow – meet Becca Longo.

Meet Becca

Becca Longo was always athletic. When she was just four years old she could water ski without issue. When she was nine years old, Becca could kick soccer balls scoring goal after goal no matter who was there keeping it. Her older brother, Bobby, is 11 years older than her and also athletically inclined, playing as a defensive end on the football field. Bobby was one of the only people in Becca’s life who really challenged her.