At just 34, the San Francisco 49ers' offensive assistant will make history next Sunday.
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This story originally appeared on High Level
With just 34 years and in a world that still refuses to accept the participation of women in spaces reserved for men, Katie Sowers will make history in the Super Bowl LIV with her team, the San Francisco 49ers, as the first offensive coach who comes to the great football game . These are some of the leadership 'plays' of this sports professional and that have helped her forge her success.
1. Follow your true passion
Although no member of his family was dedicated to football, Sowers' career is due to a pinch of inspiration and an epiphany. While basketball was the sport that projected it as a student, a television broadcast that caught his attention and aroused his interest: it was a clip in which women played football.
This is what made her fall in love with this sport and brought her closer to the West Michigan Mayhem team , where she learned the basics of the game while learning the discipline of training.
While Lee Brandon, physical trainer for the New York Jets in 1990, and Kathryn Smith, trainer for the Buffalo Bills in 2016, opened the gap for women in the NFL, Sowers has walked a further stretch in favor of participation female in closed fields, in addition to leaving a manifesto on the success of minorities inside and outside the United States.
2. Face and overcome discrimination
He was educated at Hesston College and Goshen College. To his university education in Central Missouri (2010), a Master's degree in kinesiology is added by the same institution two years later.
But an episode of discrimination turned his trajectory. In 2009, Katie played on the women's basketball team at Goshen College in Indiana. She volunteered to be the coach's assistant, but they rejected her for being a lesbian.
“I remember the coach telling me that many parents were worried that a gay person was with their daughters. She hugged me and told me it was nothing personal against me, but I was very upset, ”Katie said in an interview with NBC Sports last November.
However, she acknowledges that this situation led her to return to football, her first love. Recently Goshen College issued an apology to Sowers for having marginalized her for her sexual preferences.
3. Believe in the diversity of talent
Katie had an important step through the Women's Football Alliance ; in his career he can also mention his work in the staff of trainers of the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 before arriving in San Francisco.
The above without forgetting that, as an active player, she joined the United States national representative (United States Women's National American Football team) who in 2013 won the world specialty tournament (IFAF Women's World Championship)
Upon joining the team of coaches, Sower recognizes Kyle Shanahan, his head coach: “He believes in diversity within the NFL, believes in me. The most important thing for a person is to tell him that you believe in him ”.
4. Be proud of who you are
Katie Sowers, being the first openly gay coach in the NFL and a rights activist, San Francisco launched her Pride fan club last year. Regarding the comments that her decision to make her sexual preferences public (made for the first time in an interview with Outsports.com), the athlete commented: “'Just be a good person and BE HAPPY'. That is all we should ask our children. ”
5. Make more history
Katie's career is already a milestone in the sport of tackled but, if that were not enough, if they win the 49's to the Kansas City Chiefs on February 2, their team will be placed next to the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots as the only teams to have six Vince Lombardi trophies. But, in addition to that, the San Francisco team will mark history by having the first woman in history in their coach staff. In this regard, Katie herself said: “Being first in something always means a change. What follows is not to be the last. ”