Community House Middle School football player Kayla Antinarelli has made school history this fall, becoming the first
female to suit up for the Cavaliers team. The daughter of Eric and Michelle Antinarelli has enjoyed a successful football season
and is looking forward to playing more in the future.

 

“I think that being on the football team has been a great experience. I have learned so much, have made some great
friends and am very appreciative of all of the guidance by my coaches. I would not have traded this opportunity for anything!
I am so thankful the coaches took a chance and believed in me.”

 
Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about Kayla.

 
What led you to decide to play football?

 
“It actually started out as a dare. Over the summer, I played pickup basketball with a group of boys who now attend
Ardrey Kell High School and some from Community House. They started daring me to try out for the middle school football
team in the fall. At first, it was just a dare but, the more I thought about it, the more determined I was to earn a place
on the team. My mom didn’t think I was serious when I told her I wanted to try out but, she supported my decision. She
felt that I had a good chance of making it, if I gave it my all.”

 

Had you played football before this season?
“I had thrown around a football with friends and family for fun. I’ve always loved sports and playing catch with the football, was no different. But, I
knew I had a lot to learn. I had never played organized football and had only occasionally watched a football game. I had to take a crash course with the
rules.”

 

What position do you play?
“Kicker and wide receiver. I have played soccer since I was in second grade so, I have a strong leg. The coaches thought I could compete
as a kicker. I was also a sprinter on the track team last Spring. So, wide receiver was the other position that made
sense. I have played both positions this season.”

 

What has been your favorite memory of the season?

 

“It was the fourth game this season. It was what is called the “Pink Out” game so, I knew there would be a huge crowd. I
also learned that I was going to be doing all of the kicking for the game. I was nervous but, my teammates kept encouraging
me. For instance, some of them said, “You’ve got this!!” My chance came in the second half. After we scored a
touchdown, the coach told me to go in to kick the extra point. This was my first kick of the season and nobody had made
a kick all season. I did my best to stay focused. The snap came, the holder did a great job and I kicked it. I looked
up and the sailed right through the uprights. Knowing our team won, I felt like I was on top of the world!”

 

Have your teammates been receptive?

 

“Yes, they have been great! A couple of them have said “I’m like their little sister.” They tease me like a sister but, have
taken the time to give me tips and I know they want me to succeed.”

 
Do you play any other sports?

 
“Yes. I have played organized soccer for years. I ran track for Community House last year. My races were the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter
sprints. I am also planning to try out for basketball in a couple of weeks and soccer and track in the Spring.”

 

What is your favorite class?
“My favorite class has always been math. I like that everything has a reason and a specific answer. It has always been my best subject.”

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