Texas Connects Us: Young Athletes Overcome Odds to Inspire

In a close football game, a good kicker can make all the difference.

"I want the person who's going to do the job and do it to the best of their ability," said Paschal High School head coach Matt Miracle.

And for him, that player happens to have bright pink fingernails.

"She's the real deal. She can kick," Miracle said.

Her name is Reilly Fox, a junior who grew up playing soccer and this year started kicking footballs for the Panthers.

"This is like the best experience I've ever had. I'm really happy I did this," Reilly said.

This season, Reilly became the first female kicker to make a field goal at AT&T Stadium.

"I don't think girls should ever be told that they can't do something," Reilly added.

"I think it's kinda impressive," said Elizabeth Miracle.

Elizabeth is the football coach's 12-year-old daughter, who was born with half her left foot.

"A lot of people, when I was younger, used to make fun of me for not having a foot," Elizabeth said.

Yet despite her limitations, she runs cross country track at her middle school.

"I would think that running isn't her thing, but, it's like, 'I want to prove you wrong,'" said Matt Miracle.

"And I think Reilly is saying, 'Hey, I want to prove you wrong, I can do this. I know it's a man's sport, but let me show you.' Reilly's not asking for any favors. She's not in here saying, 'I'm a girl, I want these special requests.' She hasn't asked for anything. She just wants to be part of the team. Then you got my daughter, she doesn't want any special things, she just wants to go out and run and prove to people, 'Hey, I can run.'"

The two girls are thriving in areas that many would never expect. But they have a coach, and a dad, who believes in them.

"I actually find inspiration from both of them, and I draw my strength from both of them," Matt Miracle added. "Find inspiration wherever it is and you run with it."

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