Story originally published in 2018 edition of Quiver yearbook.
The 21st century has brought many surprising changes that may still be taboo to some people. Football is typically thought of as a sport that men play, not women. Abigail Clapman is going against this norm by playing the sport she is passionate about.
Clapman joined the football team her sophomore year. She was interested in playing the sport since she was in seventh grade.
“In seventh grade, I wanted to join the football team, but the coach wasn’t welcoming to me, so I didn’t want to do it with him,” Clapman said.
One of the reasons that Clapman joined the team was simply for her love of the sport. Soccer also played a big part in her interest to join.
“No one really inspired me [to play football], I had just played soccer and said, ‘Oh I know how to kick, and I like football’ so I just wanted to try it out,” Clapman said.
Clapman started off as a student athletic trainer for the football team her freshman year. While volunteering over the summer, Clapman noticed the lack of kickers on the team and decided that she was going to try out for the position.
“[Kicking] was something I always wanted to do. I was on the fence about doing it until my family convinced me. I sent Coach St. [Germain, Social Studies] an email and he said, ‘Yeah, just come out next practice and you could try it out and see how it goes,’” said Clapman.
The team was nothing but welcoming toward their new kicker. One previous player also gave Clapman encouragement and support for her decision.
“I told Michael Taylor [(‘17)] that I’ve always wanted to kick, but I never actually did. When I finally did, he told me that he was very proud of me. If I miss or if I feel like I don’t do well, [the team] always tell me it’s okay,” Clapman said.