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These young girls chose football over cheerleading and are leading their teams this season

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These young girls chose football over cheerleading and are leading their teams this season

WATCH | These girls ditched their cheerleading poms for footballs

These Charleston, WV students decided that cheerleading wasn't the sport for them.

Instead they chose football and then after demonstrating talent they were welcomed to play on their local travel AAU team. 

That was a girl? That was a girl? Wait are you sure that was a girl?
Shaleena's mom, Rebecca

The girls say they've all experienced harsh reactions and negative comments like "girls can't play football, you're going to get hurt out there and... girls suck."

Even the player's parents hear chatter from the stands. Shaleena Dunlap's mom told us that other parents are in shock. 

Shaleena Dunlap

Shaleena Dunlap talks about being the first girl to play football for the West Virginia Punishers AAU team.

She's been playing football with the boys since she was six-years-old. Now she's a four year veteran on the field. 

No matter what I do, no matter what I say, I should still never, ever give up.
Shaleena Dunlap

These young girls say the harsh words from classmates, teammates and even parents have taught them valuable life lessons. 

This year, the West Virginia Punishers travel team has six girls on the roster.

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