Registered Nurse, Poet, and Football Player – Ashley McCray

Series Created by Sarah Wolfer – Seattle Majestics Player

The Seattle Majestic Football team launched a series on March 8th to highlight the many impressive women who make up the team. The Seattle Majestics players and coaches come from all walks of lives with varying backgrounds and experiences who are unified by one common goal – Winning the IX Cup in Denver, Colorado this summer.

This #FootballFriday we are diving into the powerful story of Ashley McCray. McCray worked as a Pediatric Emergency Room Registered Nurse for 6 ½ years and is currently a clinical documentation specialist. She was born in New York, raised in Virginia and is a die-hard Steelers fan. In her spare time, McCray loves to read and write poetry. As a Wide-Receiver and Safety on the Majestics, McCray is a force to be reckoned with both on AND off the field. Read her inspiring story here!

Tell us about yourself and your journey to become a tackle football player with the Seattle Majestics. How did you get started playing football?

Hi, I’m Cray (not really, that’s just my Majestics nickname). My journey to the Seattle Majestics was honestly just perfect timing and alignment. I had been working some travel contracts as a registered nurse and I had always had a longing to land in Seattle. I reached out to the organization in 2014 and told them of my hopes to land a job here and expressed that if it were to happen I would like to try out for the team. Low and behold, 4 seasons later, here I am still playing with the team!

Why the Seattle Majestics and the WNFC?

The team and organization has become an integral part of my life and has quickly become a second family to me. They continuously push and encourage all of us to not only become better athletes, but also roles models on and off the field.  In just a short amount of time, the WNFC has made huge strides to progress the sport for women and to help pave the way for young girls and women aspiring to play. To me, this is incredibly inspiring and I am honored and excited to be a part of it and to see what the future holds!

As part of the Women’s National Football Conference, the Seattle Majestics are now sponsored by Adidas through the “She Breaks Barriers” campaign. What do you feel are the biggest barriers facing women in sports today?

I believe one of the biggest barriers is gaining respect and recognition. However, with movements such as the one through Adidas, I think this will begin to change.

What do you see as your role in changing that?

I hope that my perseverance as a female athlete and continuing to be a positive role model on and off the field will inspire young girls and women to work hard to accomplish anything they desire.

Based on your own experience, what advice would you give girls growing up today?

No matter who or what tries to stand in your way, keep pushing, work hard and never give up. Always be your best self!  

Who is your (s)hero and how did/ does she inspire you?

My (s)hero is my godmother/aunt. There wasn’t anything that could ever stand in her way. She was the true definition of strength and love. RIP Madrina.

If you want to see Ashley McCray and the Seattle Majestics in action, you can purchase your tickets HERE. If you aren’t local to the Greater Seattle area, but want to see these amazing women playing football – you’re in luck! The WNFC recently joined forces with USCREEN and announced “WNFCTV.” Check out more information and watch the games live HERE.

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