Barriers are being broken at Barren County Middle School: seventh-grader Hadley Adams is the first female kicker for the BCMS football team. She has a nine-year background in soccer and this is her first year playing football.
One of the main factors that influenced her to join the team was to prove, “Girls can do just as good, or better than guys can.”
She has had some difficulty learning the sport but says she enjoys playing along with her teammates who are like big brothers to her.
“They’re always there for you: school, practice, anything,” Adams said. “It’s just like having another family.”
Her background in soccer has certainly helped her on the field. She started playing soccer when she was three and is currently on the BCHS JV soccer team.
Adams’ family has also influenced her sports life.
“They really encourage me to do my best in everything that I do,” Adams shared.
Nick Compton, BCMS football head coach, has also enjoyed having Adams on the team.
“Hadley has been a great addition to our football team,” Compton said. “She really improves our special team and kicking game. She has the leg to kick deep and also has the accuracy to place the ball wherever we need it to go. That ball placement has helped us to recover a few on-side kicks already this year.”
Compton added, “It’s obvious she improved our team and all the guys really support her. She got in on a tackle during a kickoff in our last game. The sideline was pumped for her. I overheard one of the guys say ‘she has more tackles than I do.’”
Aside from sports, she also enjoys painting, fishing and hunting. Adams also plans on joining the pep club and is involved in the Magnet program at BCMS.
Her message to other females is, “You can do anything if you have the right mindset,” She added, “If you go into it thinking that you can do it and that you’re going to be good at it, then you can do it.”