Karastin Anderson tackles adversity in her final season of Grundy County football
While most 13-year-old girls grew up chasing boys, Karastin Anderson grew up chasing them up and down the football field.
While most 13-year-old girls grew up chasing boys, Karastin Anderson grew up chasing them up and down the football field. After having developed a love for the sport playing backyard football in the inner city, Karastin moved to Grundy County with her grandmother, where she played wide receiver and cornerback on the J.V. team her sophomore year.
"The first year I kinda stood in the back" says Karastin. "I got in where ever I could and then as the years progressed, I realized I knew how to do this."
"I don't treat her any different" says Head Coach Casey Tate. "I brag on her, and she deserves to be bragged on. She's worked really hard, and thinking about where she came from, I kinda feel like I watched her grow up from a little girl to a young woman, and I''m as proud of her as any football player I've ever coached."
Karastin starts on the J.V. team, but it wasn't until her senior season that coach felt she earned her first varsity start in their game against York.
"She never lobbies for playing time" says coach. "Nothing has been given to her, she earned it."
On top of criticism from kids at school, Karastin also endures prejudice on the football field, where she says multiple opponents have targeted her unfairly, and sometimes painfully. But in spite of all of the adversity, she finds strength in her family of Yellow Jackets.
"I love my teammates. I'm about to cry just thinking about leaving because I don't want to leave. It has probably changed my life."
Karastin's father, who passed away when she was in the 7th grade, always believed she could do whatever she wanted in life. Since then, proving that girls can do anything they put their mind to has been her motivation through high school, and her passion in life.
"There's this new quote that I found that says 'she believed she could so she did.' That's kinda been my motto in life. If you believe you can do it, you can do it."