Destiny Armendariz capturing hearts and minds of Texas football fans

Considering that football is a significant part of the sporting and social fabric of Texas, a new revolution is taking place on the gridiron. Girls are starting to embrace the game and make their own statement that they deserve an opportunity to play. As the barriers begin to crumble and break, Destiny Armendariz has generated a significant amount of media attention throughout the state.

In her second season as a middle linebacker and second string fullback for Creekwood Middle School B Team, she is the only girl on the roster. Gaining praise from her head coach Paul Hinson, she has quickly evolved as a leader on the field. Her coach has even told others on the team that they need to play more like her, testament to her dedication. Of note, Armendariz is the second eighth-grade girl playing football in the Humble Independent School District. Amya Anglin competes at the safety position for Woodcreek Middle School.

A significant source of support in her football ambitions come from her family. Theresa, her mother, is jubilant at her daughter’s success, who is only the second girl to play football for Creekwood Middle School. Drawing inspiration from her grandfather, she also looks up to her older brother, Emil Armendariz, Jr., a member of the football team at Kingwood High School.

With ambitions to continue gracing the gridiron at the high school level, Armendariz aspires to become the first female to compete at the linebacker position in college football. Taking into account her role model is Dr. Jen Welter, there is no question that such a dream could one day become reality.
Having played men’s football with the Texas Revolution, Welter has also played with the WFA’s Dallas Diamonds and the IWFL’s Houston Dynamo. Also a two-time IFAF Women’s World champion with Team USA, Welter is helping inspire a new generation of girls to play football. Among this new generation, Armendariz is certainly among them.

Of note, Armendariz had the chance to see Welter play with the Revolution, during their final regular season game. Held in Dallas, her entire family drove up from Houston to see the match. The highlight for Armendariz was the chance to meet Welter afterwards. The most heartwarming aspect of the experience was an e-mail that she sent to Welter, reciprocating the inspiration that Welter provided.

Welter was proud upon receiving the e-mail that she wrote about meeting Armendariz in her blog for USA Football. While it was a touch of class on the part of Welter, it certainly set a positive example about what it means to appreciate your fans. Should Armendariz follow in Welter’s footsteps and continue to break barriers, she will likely have her own fans sharing their stories with her, making Welter an amazing individual to emulate.

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Author: markstaffieri

A proud supporter of women in sport. My influences in covering women's sport include Andria Hunter and Jaclyn Hawkins. Both are former women’s hockey players who created their own websites, providing a deeper insight for their respective sport. Unable to identify with multi-millionaire male athletes, the role of women in sport is one that provides inspiration while preserving the spirit of sportsmanship. My first exposure to women and sport came through Geraldine Heaney and her legendary goal at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championships. By composing player profiles on women from all sports, it is my opportunity to give back to the female sporting community by showing gratitude for their hard work and effort. While women's hockey opened the door to a larger yet remarkable world of sport, the quantum leap in women's football and global growth of women's basketball have only helped to fuel my interest in the female game. Some of the athletes that I admire include Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner (hockey), Lolo Jones (track), Connie Fekete and Sami Grisafe (football) plus Anne Erler and Heather Furr (LFL football). Other athletes consist of Sue Bird and Katie Smith (basketball) along with Barbara Mervin and Heather Moyse (rugby). In addition to my efforts on WordPress, I have also contributed to Bleacher Report, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Hockey Canada, LFL Canada and Women's Hockey Life.

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