WVLT is reporting 5-year-old Arie-Ella Woodall, who plays for the Oliver Springs Youth Club’s little league, has been crowned “football king” at homecoming festivities.
“She was escorted by her daddy, Austin Woodall, and we paired her dress with football socks, cleats and her helmet,” Arie-Ella’s mother Nikki told WVLT. “We did so because football king candidates are supposed to wear their uniforms but since she was a girl we went with a dress and part of her uniform.”
“We have actually gotten a lot of negative feedback from allowing a girl to play football. So it’s pretty awesome to see the coaches rally around her and treat her just like everybody else and for her to see a positive side of it,” Nikki added. Arie-Ella’s mom said her daughter is the only girl to play for them.
Her father inspired Arie-Ella to play football. “She said she wants to be tougher than daddy,” said Nikki.