Katie Hnida recently graduated with a 3.5 GPA from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Psychology. She is a pioneer in the world of sports, being the first woman to play, and score points, in a NCAA Division One football game.
Katie's football career started at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton, Colorado where she played varsity football for four years.
She was voted Homecoming Queen by her classmates and participated in halftime ceremonies wearing her uniform.
Football was not Katie's only sport. While at Chatfield, she played soccer as well as running track and doing pole vault.
Katie also was an editor of the high school's award winning newspaper as well as winning honors in state speech and forensics competitions.
As a senior, she was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year as well as Teen People Magazine's Number One Teen Most Likely to Change the World.
While attending the University of Colorado in 1999-2000, Katie became the first woman to make the football team, as well as being the first woman ever to dress for a national bowl game (Insight.com) vs. Boston College.
Katie transferred to the University of New Mexico where she played three seasons for the Lobos. She became the first woman to play in a Division One football game on December 25, 2002 vs. UCLA, when she had an extra point attempt blocked. On August 30, 2003, Katie kicked two extra points vs. Texas State to become the first woman in NCAA history to score in a Division I game. Her shoes and uniform are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Katie was awarded three Varsity letters while competing for the University of New Mexico.