This is how you really run like a girl.
Kevin Virta recently shared a video of his six-year-old daughter Alicia showing off her slick moves on the field during a flag football game in Boynton Beach, Fla. In the video, “Leesha,” as her family calls her, can be seen effortlessly dodging the defensive line and zigzagging down the field to score an epic touchdown, leaving all the boys in the dust.
However, that TD wasn’t a fluke.
“Leesha is a beast who is the only girl on her flag football team,” Alicia’s mom, Nikki Virta, tells MAKERS. “She loves being the only girl and has very good self-esteem. The boys love her.”
Alicia’s interest in football comes from her parents, who both love the NFL. (Her father, Kevin, is a New England Patriots fan, while Nikki is a former football player herself.) The Virtas are also devoted fans of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — so much so that Alicia wears a Brady jersey every night at bedtime while watching the classic football film Little Giants.
From an early age, Nikki encouraged her daughter’s passion for sports. She put Alicia in several extracurricular activities starting at age four to see what she would like and, well, “she excels in everything!”
During the football off-season, Alicia also plays on an all-boys basketball team. On top of that, the all-star athlete holds a black belt in karate and swims competitively.
Even her 8-year-old brother Dominick is no match for his little sister. “When they have races, she gives him a five-second start and still beats him,” Nikki says. Still, “he laughs and cheers her on in every sport. She’s one determined kid!”
So what does the future look like for Alicia? According to Nikki, she has her eyes on the prize: “She wants to be the next GOAT like Tom Brady!”
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