At Roosevelt High School, 14-year old Aguilar is one of three female football players expected to play for the Roosevelt Rough Riders this faall.

High school football, a sport played primarily by boys, is now attracting an increasing number of girls. According to a 2014-2015 survey, the National Federation of State High School Associations reported that 1,565 football players were girls compared with 30 years ago, when there were 34.

Three girls are currently on the Roosevelt team. Kimberly Espinoza, 15, one of Aguilar’s teammates, says she joined because of the thrill of playing against boys. “It’s a competitive and aggressive sport, and I like it,” she said.

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