Junior animal science major Draven Esposito was scrolling through Twitter earlier this month, periodically chuckling at cat videos, when he came across a shocking photo. This photo, nearly lost in a sea of basketball clips and airbrushed Yell Leader face shots, announced that the Texas A&M Women’s Soccer Team had defeated The University of Arkansas to take the SEC Tournament Championship. It was not the soccer team’s win that threw Esposito into a trance of confusion, but rather the realization that women’s sports exist at Texas A&M University.
“I have always assumed TAMU only had men’s sports teams,” said Esposito. “I’ve never even heard the university mention women’s athletics.”. He also expressed frustration regarding sports passes, complaining that he previously believed they could only be used for football and men’s basketball games. “I wish I could go back in time and get my money’s worth. I’ve spent upwards of $300 a year on sports passes and had no idea I could use them to watch women’s sporting events. Heck, I didn’t even know we had women’s teams.”
This season, the university’s official Twitter page has featured only one post alluding to the existence of women’s sports, and the goal of the tweet was to spread awareness about a canned food drive, not women’s teams. One communications representative informed The Mugdown that their Twitter content is chosen based on ticket sales: “Our social media team is not concerned with season records or overall team success. We post according to a financial matrix— more revenue, more media attention.”
As for Esposito, he has become an advocate for women’s sports, despite their lack of media exposure. He claims that following successful and competitive teams has improved his blood pressure and mental health, and he hopes to spread this positivity throughout the student body.