Meet the four winners of the 2022 Buccaneers Girls in Football Scholarship

The Girls in Football Scholarship, facilitated by a $250,000 commitment from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, was created for high school graduates participating in some form of organized football (flag, tackle, touch) with plans to enroll in an accredited full-time four. college or university years. Applicants were required to have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average during their high school college career and were asked to submit essays on how they planned to use their career plans to effect positive change in the sports industry.

Third Annual Buccaneers Girls in Football Scholarship Recipients:

Olivia Zorilla (Riverview, Florida)

“One day I hope to be a sports event coordinator working for a professional league, college team, or city commission,” Zorilla said. “This job involves being people-centric, tenacious and strong-willed, all qualities that I possess. I want to be the one running game-day operations or assisting the NCAA when the Final Four comes to town. There’s a lot it takes for everything to go well in sports outside of the athletes themselves. This career choice can help me make a positive impact in the sports industry by allowing me to show the next generation of girls that ‘opportunities exist to work in a male-dominated environment Thanks to the Positive Coaching Alliance, I was able to connect with a female mentor who is successful in the sports industry. a mentor for girls who want to pursue a career in athletics. I want to lead and have an impact on these girls, but also on the people I will work with on a daily basis.”

High School: Riverview High School

City/State of Residence: Riverview, FL

College: Florida State University

Career Goal: Events/Community Relations Manager in the sports industry

Kaylen Thomas (Brentwood, TN)

“An injury can be a redirection to a new path,” said Thomas, who discovered a new mentality after suffering a pulled hamstring in 2019. “I discovered the love of rugby. majoring in Health Sciences with a pathway into Physiotherapy and Athletic Training so that I can help encourage other young athletes to keep moving forward when unexpected injury setbacks occur. I hope to show incoming athletes that they are stronger than their losses and setbacks. I hope to be an example that as you move forward, you will realize that you are needed to help your team. I will teach values ​​such as self-motivation, high integrity , courage, encouragement, confidence and compassion. These values ​​and characteristics are important in an athlete. These are my personal values ​​core values. Being a female athlete is not glamorous. I have th u Pulled hamstrings, jumping knees and broken wrist bones. I was determined to continue exercising. These injury setbacks led me to different results.

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High School: Ravenwood High School

City/State of Residence: Brentwood, TN

College: Mount St Mary’s University – Play college rugby

Career goal: Physiotherapist

Jairis Gomez (Bradenton, Florida)

“I would like to channel my passion for the sport and create a lifelong impact in the industry,” described Gomez, who gained a new perspective on the sport by becoming a basketball manager. “Management in sport is of great importance in today’s world of sport. Sport management ensures the smooth running of all activities involved in a sport program and ensures development in the field of physical education. She helps and supports both a program and its staff, helping them achieve their aspirations and goals in the sports industry. As I enter college, at Florida State University, I plan to major in sports management to have the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge for the benefit of the sports industry.”

High School: South East High School

City/State of Residence: Bradenton, Florida

College: Florida State University

Career objective: sports manager

Elle Bohlman (Carmel, CA)

“As a young woman, I endured the high levels of stress necessary to be a successful athlete,” said Bohlman, who is pursuing a career in sports psychology. “Playing football, golf, basketball and lacrosse I have been under great amounts of stress which has been extremely overwhelming. I can have a positive impact by being the person I needed the most. in times of failure…this career path chose me when I became a college football kicker. I was always nervous because my duty was very individual. The ball slams and all eyes are on me. To let the stress I just imagine the ball and myself When I look up to see the ball through the uprights all the nervousness fades Of course the longer I put in the position the more I felt comfortable. I feel so lucky to have been a place kicker, because I feel the same feeling in everyday life experiences. Using my personal experiences and future knowledge, I plan to be the next big change in the sports industry.

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High School: Carmel High School

City/State of Residence: Carmel, CA

College: Notre Dame University

Goal: Sports Psychologist

The Girls in Football Scholarship is one of the many ways the Bucs organization is at the forefront of inclusion and gender equality on and off the field. Last year, the team launched the Women’s Summit for Football Careers, an ongoing program designed to strengthen the pool of women pursuing careers in the NFL through informative and innovative sessions featuring high-level hosts and leadership within the Buccaneers organization. In an effort to engender equality, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation has hosted the largest women’s flag football tournament in the nation with the Girls High School Flag Football Preseason Classic for the past four years, presented by AdventHealth. To learn more about Buccaneers initiatives, visit

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