NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt senior student-athlete Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score points on a Division I football team in the Power 5, has been selected to participate in a televised prime-time presidential inauguration event Wednesday.
Fuller, from Wylie, Texas, is one of, “a number of the everyday Americans who have stepped up in their communities,” said a release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).
“It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller said on social media.
Said Candice Storey Lee, Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics and university affairs, “We are so proud to see Sarah representing Vanderbilt to the world with the same maturity and grace she has shown as a student-athlete here. Sarah has humbly responded to this honor and is a great role model.”
Fuller is a keeper for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer program that won the SEC championship in November. Shortly thereafter, she was called upon to serve as a kicker for the Vanderbilt football program, stepping up when the special teams unit was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her first play was a second-half kickoff against Missouri on Nov. 28 which earned her SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Fuller made history again Dec. 13 when she kicked two extra points against Tennessee.
Her football game jersey currently is on display in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.