Sarah Fuller introduces Vice President Kamala Harris on 'Celebrating America'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt football player Sarah Fuller introduced Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman to hold the office, during an inauguration TV event Wednesday night.

Fuller was preceded by recording artist Yolanda Adams singing “Hallelujah.”

Those are two jaw-dropping bookends for Fuller, who was a largely unknown Vanderbilt women’s soccer player less than two months ago.

“I faced a lot of challenges as a goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt University women’s soccer team and as a kicker on the football team,” Fuller said during “Celebrating America,” hosted by Tom Hanks and featuring appearances by President Joe Biden, Harris, celebrity performers and Americans who have made a difference during the pandemic. “But seeing other women break barriers and be the best at what they do gave me the strength to succeed.

“And that’s why it is such an honor to introduce a true groundbreaker — and after 232 years of waiting — being able to say these words: Our nation’s first woman vice president, Vice President Kamala Harris.”

During the inauguration event, Fuller was featured alongside Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kim Ng and many others.

Sarah Fuller speaks during Joe Biden's "Celebrating America" inauguration celebration on Jan. 21, 2021. Fuller was the first woman to play and score during a Power Five collegiate football game. Credit: Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via USA TODAY NETWORK

So why did Fuller get the honor of introducing the new vice president? She made history as the first woman to play in a Power Five college football game.

Fuller was not in attendance at the “Celebrating America” event. But her Vanderbilt football highlights were featured, and she delivered a short, pre-recorded message via video to introduce Harris.

Harris is not only the first woman to be vice president, but also the first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the office. 



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