Kayla Ross makes Minnesota Vixens

Health teacher begins season this spring.

Nafisa Kahin

Why did you decide to try out for the team?

To be honest, I’ve been wanting to play for a long time and kept making excuses, and so I said whatever, might as well try it out and ended up making the team.

How are you balancing work with also being a professional football player?

It’s tough, period. I also coach at the same time. Trying to be dedicated to many things is really difficult.

What are you most excited for?

I’m excited to see how far I’m able to push myself, challenge myself physically and mentally and overall have fun.

How can Park families and students support you?

Coming to Vixen games, watching and supporting games. Right at the moment there’s not an official home field. It’s also on the Minnesota Vixen website, I have a link on my roster picture called adoptive vixen, and (on) that link people can donate money. I have to pay for all my travel fees and equipment fees. It’s a lot of financial requests for me.

What’s your background in football?

I played football when I was in sixth grade (on an) boys team. I was one of the quarterbacks, but I stopped after one year. I have also coached at the middle school. Overall, I love football and I’m a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

What position do you play?

I play both quarterback and wide receiver.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m mostly excited to share this with my students and give young female athletes a chance to see someone like them playing football.