Michigan teen appears in Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick
Grand Blanc, Mich. — A Michigan teen had a cameo in Nike’s latest “Dream Crazy” commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick.
The trending commercial released for the athletic brand’s 30th anniversary includes Alicia Woollcott, 18, from Grand Blanc. Woollcott made her athletic debut in the ad because she was a linebacker on the school’s football team last year, and was also crowned homecoming queen.
“It was incredible to see myself in this commercial with all of these powerful influential people and athletes,” Woollcott told The Detroit News on Saturday.
Woollcott, who graduated from Grand Blanc High School in the spring, said Nike reached out to her saying they were looking for “a real life football player/homecoming queen” and saw her story online.
Woollcott is featured alongside other “dreamers” who became role models like Serena Williams, Lebron James, Kaepernick and more. In the commercial, narrated by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, Woollcott is smiling as she’s crowned homecoming queen then flashes to a shot of her on the field in a red jersey tackling an opponent and standing beside her male teammates.
During which Kaepernick says. “Don’t settle for homecoming queen, or linebacker, do both.”
Wollcott said she’s always loved football. She grew up watching it with her father and playing it at recess with the boys in elementary school.
“I was a sideline cheerleader in 7th grade and decided I wanted to be on the field rather than on the sidelines,” she said. “I continued to play football all through high school and I still do on a semi pro women’s tackle football team called the Detroit Dark Angels.”
But she never settled. She was also on the competitive cheer team throughout high school. After graduating, she enrolled at Mott Community College and is taking general education courses for two years before she plans to transfer to Central Michigan University to study athletic training.
Nike’s decision to hire former NFL quarterback Kaepernick has created a backlash. #NikeBoycott was trending on Twitter Tuesday morning including people burning and cutting off the swoosh logo from their apparel. A photo of Kaepernick was also the face of the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad with a black and white shot of him labeled, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Many people oppose Kaepernick’s refusal last season to stand during the national anthem before games. Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem to draw attention to his belief that black people are being treated unfairly in the U.S.
The two-minute clip does not reference “taking a knee” but ends with Kaepernick saying, “So don't ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they're crazy enough."
Woollcott says she doesn’t know where she stands on the kneeling issue, but she supports the commercial’s message of standing up for what you believe in.