It’s women who won in the Super Bowl
Women were the real winners of Sunday night’s match-up that featured the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
From the sidelines to the halftime show to the commercials, women made their mark on a night where men reign.
The night reminded of me of the strong woman my parents raised me to be as well as countless mentors, friends and college roommates who have encouraged me over the years. It also reminded me of the promise for opportunities for future generations.
With more women becoming involved in the world of sports, the Super Bowl on Sunday saw its first woman on the sidelines.
San Francisco’s assistant offense coach Katie Sowers was the first female to coach a team in the Super Bowl.
Sowers has had a passion for football since doing a book report on Deion Sanders during her elementary school days, according to ABC News.
Sowers played for the Women’s Football Alliance for eight years followed by one year on the U.S. Women’s National Football Team.
Sowers worked in Missouri and then worked with the Atlanta Falcons with wide receivers. She then spent nine months as a scouting intern.
The 49ers hired her to work with wide receivers as an offensive assistant in 2017.
In addition to being seen on the sidelines, Sowers appeared in a commercial for Microsoft. She is quoted saying: “I never saw an opportunity in football because I had never seen a female coach before.”
This is 2020 and this isn’t the first time we are seeing females in coaching roles or playing sports in which men typically compete.
At my newly-opened high school in 2010, our football team had its first female kicker. She was a soccer player and had two brothers who played on the team. I remember after she kicked a game-winning field goal, she got tackled by someone on the opposing team.
Her brothers came up to the kid that tackled her and reminded them that that was their sister, and while she could take the tackle, she could probably take him down.
Here in Texas, Greg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, hired female basketball legend Becky Hammon as an assistant coach in 2014.
I first learned about Hammon and her legacy from my college roommate Nikki, who like me, is a huge advocate for women in sports.
Hammon is the second female assistant coach in the NBA and the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history as well as in any of the four major-professional sports in North America, according to NBA.com.
Sowers, Hammon and more are reminders that anything is possible for anyone, no matter what gender, race or sexuality one may be. They have led the way and give young women the hope that they, too, can coach or play any sport.
Sowers tweeted in early January: “If your daughter has a dream of being a football coach in the NFL … or a ballerina … or a professional soccer player … or a teacher … or a nurse … or a doctor … or an astronaut … or even a PRESIDENT … just let her know this … She. Can. Do. It. And she will change the world.”
I hope that someday my children will see these examples and know that I will support them no matter what profession or direction they choose to go in.
While many have criticized Sunday’s halftime show for being risqué, it also made history.
The show marked the first time that two Latina women performed at the Super Bowl.
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira proved to all women that even at 50 and 43, respectively, women can be talented and perform with confidence and strength.
I sure hope that when I am that age, I not only look that good but can still show that “Hips Don’t Lie.”
We can use this as a moment to teach young women to be athletic, to be modest but also to show them that again, women can do just about anything.
Super Bowl commercials are always highly anticipated and this year, many of them could be viewed ahead of time.
#MakeSpaceForWomen was the theme of an Olay skin-care commercial that featured names like Katie Couric, Busy Phillips, Lilly Singh and retired astronaut Nicole Stott.
The commercial stated that when space is made for women, it leads to space for everyone.
At the end of the night, the Kansas City Chiefs took home the Vince Lombardi trophy.
But men and women across the world, including one in Fredericksburg, Texas, were reminded that it shouldn’t matter who you are, men and women can do anything and be positive role models for those around them.