First woman to score in an NCAA Division I-A football game
Katie Hnida is a pioneer in the world of sports and speaks on sexual harassment and rape.
Katie was the first woman to play in a NCAA Division I football game. Katie was the first woman to play for the University of Colorado (1999-2000), before playing three seasons at University of New Mexico for the Lobos.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Psychology. Katie’s football career started at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton, Colorado where she played varsity football for four years. She was voted Homecoming Queen by her classmates and participated in halftime ceremonies wearing her uniform. While still in high school she was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year as well as Teen People Magazine’s Number One Teen Most Likely to Change the World.
On August 30, 2003, Katie kicked two extra points vs. Texas State to become the first woman in NCAA history to score in a Division I game. Katie’s shoes and uniform are in the College Football Hall of Fame. Katie continued her football career well beyond college, in 2010 she became the first woman to play professional arena football with the Ft. Wayne Firehawk.