The GIQ Chalk Talk series is a living archive that highlights the accomplishments and struggles of women and girls who are blazing trails in the sport of American football.
This episode features 16 year-old right guard, Noela Moreno, who opens up about the consistent sexism and discrimination she experiences from her football coaches and opponents. The interview is conducted by GIQ Correspondent, Tori Vonder Heide.
Highlights are listed below, but listen to the full interview to get the scoop!Height: 5’8”Favorite men’s team: Denver BroncosWeight: 270 lbs.Pre-game ritual: Prayer and listening to musicPosition: Right guardInteresting fact: People respect her more now that she plays football.Jersey: #70Difficult challenge: Not being allowed to attend camp because the school didn’t want to pay for a separate hotel room for her.Hometown: OklahomaAdvice for other girls:Girls should have the opportunity to play because football is worth it!
Tori Vonder Heide is a senior at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Communication Studies. Currently working with Gridiron Queendom as a Social Media and Content Management Intern, using her love for sports and empowering women as an asset. She also works at Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety as a Special Assistant and Interns at Society Information Management Chicago.