Rugby player Erica Mitzel (Photo by Olivia Mitzel)
Nine-year-old Erica Mitzel isn’t like most girls. She enjoys rough sports that involve getting muddy, tackling boys and playing rugby on an all-boys team. She tells people that if they want padding for protection, they should go play football. It is a matter of pride for her to prove she is just as tough—or tougher—than the boys.
“It lets me show the boys that girls can do anything that boys do,” said the Keller, Texas, resident.
Her mother, Olivia, watches her little girl’s fearless defensive tackling proudly from the sidelines.
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