Antoinette “Toni” Harris

The Female Safety Making History in College Football

Antoinette “Toni” Harris is 21 years old and she has already made history. She’s the first woman to receive a scholarship to play a non-kicker position on a collegiate football team, thanks to an offer from Bethany College, an NAIA division school in Kansas. But Harris’s goals don’t stop there: She’s got her sights set on the NFL.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“My biggest accomplishment to this date is being able to make my family proud and overcoming obstacles I never thought I would get past. I’m not done yet, though.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your work that they probably don’t?

“That I’m the most girlie girl you could ever possibly meet and that I’m left-handed. Also, the only female on my football team.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“Being a woman means being confident, the one with the heart and nurturance, the one people can come to, the provider, the mother to anyone who comes across the way. The one who’s there always when you need her. The one to be a trailblazer and the one to break barriers.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Don’t ever sell your dreams short. It’s not a crazy dream until you do it. Follow your heart and keep going. The sky is not the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

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Snack food you can’t live without?

“Fruit. Strawberries, grapes, plums, apples, oranges, you name it.”

Habit that has changed your life?

“A habit that has changed my life is the habit of not always doubting myself. Once I started believing in myself, I achieved a lot more. I’m still achieving things and I won’t stop here.”

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