HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WTVD) -- Julia Napoli, an eighth-grader at Gray's Creek Middle School, is making history.
Napoli is the first girl to make the middle school football team. She was one of 40 to make the team; about 52 players tried out.
Napoli has always loved football. She began playing in fourth grade during recess. From there she wrote a story about a girl playing football and made that story a reality this year.
"She's very determined and she's got the mindset of if you tell me I can't, I'm going to do it just to prove it to you that I can," her mother, Jen Napoli said.
Coach Dante Murphy said he sees her playing either receiver or safety.
"She's an athlete," Murphy said. "We didn't take into account that she was a girl or a boy ... she showed that she could be a Bruin."
The Bruins' first game is Thursday, October 4.
Napoli said she hopes to inspire other young girls to play football.
In Hope Mills, girl makes school history by winning spot on Gray's Creek Middle football team