Over 140 kids in grades four through eight competed in this year's Carroll Youth Football Camp. For a girl to compete you think she'd be on the outside looking in, but not Taylor Sayers.
"Football is one of my favorite sports and Coach Van Diest is a really good friend to me," said Taylor. "Last year he asked me if I wanted to stand on the sidelines on a game."
That game was all it took and now Taylor is trying her hand at football!
"She's stepped right in," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "She's doing a great job. She hasn't backed off a bit, she's not shy. She comes out here, she's played wide receiver on offense, defensive back on defense, and I think she's loving it."
"I like scrimmaging. And I like the tackling drills," added Taylor.
"I think it's just good for her to learn something new, and to go out there and play against boys," said Taylor's mother and Saints head women's basketball coach Rachelle Sayers. "She's got to compete hard, and she's learned a ton."
The lowest grade that Carroll lists to be eligible for their football camp is grade four. But Taylor is in third grade so I guess it's a good thing she knows exactly how to melt coach Van Diest's heart.
"I said 'Just have her come and talk to me,'" said Van Diest. "I want her to come and talk to me because I want her to know what we're doing and that there's not any surprises, she understands it. The next day she shows up with a blizzard and she knew the way to my heart."
"Coach Van Diest is kind of her buddy," said Sayers. " They play horse almost every day that they're in the gym together, and they're always betting on ice cream. So she had a little bribe for him to sweeten him up."
A bribe that clearly worked! Proving that a little bit of ice cream goes a long way.