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May 14, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Sandra Hernandez

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Sandra Hernandez

This week the player spotlight is on Sandra Hernandez.

Hernandez is a third year professional women's football player who plays quarterback for the Independent Women's Football League's (IWFL) Bay Area Bandits. Her previous time in the league was spent covering the positions of tight end and defensive end. After nearly a lifetime of playing the game, this 25-year-old has recently reached her goal of quarterbacking at a professional level.

Beginning with soccer as a starting point for sports; Hernandez soon learned that football was the game that intrigued her. As a child she played two-hand touch with the boys and always seemed to be first choice when teams were picked. Without a proper platform to exercise her football skills Hernandez focused on softball most of her life and played that sport well at a varsity level for Windsor High School.

Football found her the second time around. An old friend who was working in the pro women's arena approached Sandra offering her a position in the sport and there was no looking back for her.

Now Sandra proudly sports the title of quarterback and utilizes that role to the fullest. She strives to be a role model for girls that want to play the sport and lets them know that they too can achieve anything that they want.

When she's not practicing at passing, Hernandez works as a recreation director for a neighborhood center in San Francisco. There she assists many folks, both young and old.

Her interests are whitewater rafting, hiking and, of course, people. When Sandra selects a restaurant it must serve ceviche and she favors Hefeweizen-style or Corona beer. Her ultimate dessert is currently strawberry cheesecake.

Based in Fremont, the Bay Area Bandits employ Tak Fudena Stadium as their home field. Their next home game will be on Saturday, May 22, against the Modesto Maniax. You can read all about it at www.bayareabandits.com and be sure to check back here at TCV for post game coverage.

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