First female football player to earn varsity letter at Olentangy


Inikki Mitchell’s a unique and driven young woman. Many players have earned varsity football letters at Olentangy High School, but none of them have been a female until now.

Inikki makes history this season by becoming the first female to earn a varsity letter in football.

She started playing football in the second grade when she saw her two brothers playing the sport and she instantly fell in love with it.

She said, “My brother’s teammates said a girl could never play football, so I decided right then that I wanted to play. I wasn’t going to allow anyone to tell me I couldn’t do it.”

Olentangy Head Coach Mark Solis says his team and the program have welcomed Inikki, and she’s treated like every other player, and she works just as hard also.

Inikki plays defensive end for the Braves, and some find her position surprising since she’s only 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs only 124 pounds.

She understands her team is one of the best teams in Central Ohio, so she’s happy to be on the back-up squad. However, Inikki received a night she will always remember when she actually got to go into the game against Mount Vernon a week ago.

Inikki not only hopes to be an inspiration and example for other females who might want to play football, she’s also a star student. She’s earned over a 4.0 GPA, and hopes to attend Harvard University next fall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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