November 25, 2011
When Henry County (Ga.) Community Christian School was naming its homecoming court, Katie Davidson knew she wouldn't be a part of it. After all, the sophomore place-kicker wouldn't even be eligible; Community Christian school rules dictate that all potential female members of the homecoming court wear a dress to the annual homecoming game.
Davidson couldn't fulfill that court demand, for a good reason: She's the starting place-kicker on the Community Christian 8-man (8-person?) football team. Yet when Davidson was nominated for the court, the school thought so much of the sophomore that it changed its official homecoming regulations to allow female court members to wear dresses … or football uniforms.
The change paid off, as the place-kicker -- who is the only place-kicker in school history, after joining the program as an eighth-grader for its initial season in 2009 -- was elected as the school's new sophomore princess.
"They actually had to change the girls requirement for what they wear," Davidson told 11ALive News, Atlanta's NBC affiliate. "They had to add football uniform. Yeah, I was [pretty proud of that]."
The honor was just part of the sophomore's steady rise to stardom. Around the small Atlanta-area school, Davidson is reportedly an idol of girls across its kindergarten to high school senior spectrum. She's gained similar respect from her teammates, who once became enforcers after an opposing player laid her out during kickoff coverage.
Yet for one night, Davidson also had to worry about being a princess, a role which she filled with a smile and a sense of humor, all without taking her eye off her primary job (she converted four extra points in the first half before walking onto the field as princess at halftime).
"I think the heels would have been a little risky, you know," Davidson told 11ALive News. "I could have gotten hurt, so I decided to play it safe with cleats."
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