This landmark moment in college football all started with a cheeky bet. Canadian Kristie Elliott, a new college freshman, had come to Simon Fraser University as a track athlete. For a conversation starter, she decided to walk up to a senior guy on the football team and tell him that she could kick a 40-yard field goal. She had no idea whether she actually could, but did it anyway. It turned out she could. The football staff was so impressed they eventually offered Kristie a walk-on spot. She won a football scholarship, which makes her the first Canadian woman to earn an NCAA scholarship; she also became the first Canadian woman to play and score in an NCAA football game. “The possibilities for females are, like, endless, right? So you just have to go out there, put yourself out there, and try your best,” said Kristie.

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