Katie Sue Rahilly doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
Katie Sue is an extraordinarily gifted athlete. Most recently, she was one of the 40 young athletes to compete in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick National Finals. Katie represented the Detroit Lions in the Girls 12-13 division. She launched two punts, two passes and two kicks for a 291’3″ total and was named national champion in her division.
Katie Sue’s accomplishments don’t end there. This year, she received the first-ever “MParks Youth Achievement Award” and was recognized at the annual Michigan Parks & Recreation meeting for her success in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competitions. Katie Sue has been competing since age eight and has been to the national Punt, Pass and Kick competition four times. In addition, she plays boys’ house hockey, U19 girls’ hockey, basketball, softball, volleyball and runs cross country.
Aside from being an amazing athlete, Katie Sue is also an incredible person. In the summer, she raises pigs, babysits and helps her dad with concrete jobs to earn money. She also takes her academics seriously and was named an honor student.
We had a chance to ask Katie Sue a few questions. We think you’ll agree that she is nothing short of amazing!
“Even when people say it’s a ‘guy’ sport,
I will still try it.” – Katie Sue Rahilly
Q & A
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
A: I am thinking about going into sports medicine because then I can still be involved in sports.
Q: What do people say when you tell them that?
A: Most people say, “Oh, that sounds fun, especially because you love sports and like to help people.”
Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?
A: No, people usually don’t call me princess.
Q: How did you become interested in playing football?
A: Well, I went to my older brothers’ practices and games every day during the Fall and got to watch and help sometimes. Then, I thought, “I can do that!” It looks like fun to go and hit the boys around. During our school’s 4th grade school football sign up, I told my dad that I wanted to play, and he signed me up.
Q: Do your family and friends support you?
A: Yes, my family and friends are great supporters. They always tell me how good I am. They encourage me to keep going.
Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?
A: No, not really. I just think of it as enjoying it, having fun and trying something new. Even when people say it’s a “guy” sport, I will still try it.
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Achiever, athletic, talented
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your athletic accomplishments?
A: I love being outside, fishing and doing other outdoors activities. I also love hanging out with friends and family.
Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, whom would it be?
A: Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?
A: Always try your best. During practice, work on your weaknesses so that they become stronger. If people doubt you, prove them wrong.
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?
A: What do say when others say that you can’t do something?
- Her favorite app is Instagram.
- This summer, Katie Sue is most looking forward to being outdoors with friends and family camping, hanging out with friends, doing summer sports and fishing.
- Her favorite song is “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
- Katie Sue has many favorite sports teams. In the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings; in the NFL, the Detroit Lions and in college, Michigan State University.
- Her favorite movies are the High School Musical movies.