FOX Sports San Diego Girls: Katie
Nickname: Katie Bug
Where were you born: La Mesa, CA
High School: El Capitan High School
College: San Diego State University
Major: Liberal Studies
Tell us how you became a FOX Sports Girls
I was told FOX Sports was looking for native SD girls who had a passion for our SD sports teams. Me, being a die-hard SD sports fan, I had to apply for the job! So I applied immediately and the rest is history!
What has been your favorite experience as a FOX Sports Girl?
My favorite experience as a FOX Sports Girl has to be when FOX Sports brought Spring Training to our troops oversees in Germany. Not only did I meet MLB legends, such as Wade Boggs and David Justice, but I got to personally meet and thank some of our servicemen and women for all they do to protect our country. It truly was an experience I hold dear to my heart and one that I will never forget.
What is your favorite sports memory?
My favorite sports memory has to be when Antonio Cromartie made a SPECTACULAR one handed interception against Peyton Manning and the Colts in the NFL Playoffs. Of course, I’ll never forget growing up watching Mark Sweeney play for my Pads. You feel really bonded to players you grow up watching and it’s pretty awesome that I now get to work with one of them!
For the ultimate sports fan, what are the three things you recommend him/her to experience in your city?
What is there not to recommend!? San Diego is beautiful. 😉 But if I had to pick three things, I would say they have to visit Hotel Del on Coronado Island, the Gaslamp Quarter downtown and of course, Petco Park! It’s an amazing ballpark with so many unique features like SD’s local restaurants in the ballpark. They even have healthy food options like Seaside Market which I love!
Who has been the greatest influence on you being a sports fan and why?
My dad and brothers have definitely been the greatest influence on me being a sports fans. At an early age they were teaching me the ins and outs of baseball, football, and basketball. One time they even cut up my ham at dinner time when I was 10 to create the "DL" in football. They then lined up my ham on the plate to tell me the positions of each defensive player on the "field," or in this case my plate. 😉 Gotta love em’! My entire family has been a part of one big fantasy football league for the last four years. We have a big draft party and everything! I’ve gone to the playoffs every year but haven’t won yet. This year is my year!
If you could play any position/role on any team what would it be and why?
I would definitely want to be WR in football because they make some amazing and explosive catches. They also get to show off their touchdown dances and I have been dying to show off mine!
Girls are involved in many community and charitable initiatives. Please tell us about your experiences and if you have a favorite charity or group that you work with.
As a FOX Sports Girl, one of my favorite things that we get to do is volunteer and give back to our community. We’ve worked with charities like Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Rady Children’s Hospital Celebration of Champions, After School All Stars, Salvation Army, and Father Joe’s Villages. My favorite charity to work with is Susan G. Komen because my Aunt and Grandma both passed away from breast cancer. I want to do anything I can to help find a cure breast cancer.
The FOX Sports Girls participate in the annual Spring Training to the Troops trip. What ties to the military do you have?
I have four main ties to the Military in my family. Both of my grandparents were in the Navy, my cousin is currently in the Army Reserves as a combat medic, and my other cousin is training to be an Army Ranger.
First game you ever attended?
Well, if we are talking all sports and at any age, then it would have to be my brother’s baseball games as a kid. I was always there cheering them on!
Who is your favorite person to follow on social media and why?
Well, I can’t just pick one, but I would say my favorite people to follow on Social Media would have to be all of the Padres Bloggers here in San Diego. Their tweets never fail to keep me informed and always make me laugh. They are so witty!
Are you superstitious? If so, what are some of your pre-game/during the game rituals?
I would not say that I really superstitious, but I do have a lucky Chargers jersey that I love to wear for every game!
What sports did you play growing up?
Growing up I played T-ball for 2 years, I did competitive dance for about nine years, and I cheered for my high school for four years.
What’s your favorite sports rivalry?
My favorite sports rivalry is definitely the Chargers and the Raiders. I am a die-hard Charges fan and I cannot stand the Raiders and Raider Nation! Let’s just say, I am not afraid tell those Raiders fans who is boss. 😉 I feel the same way about the Padres-Dodgers rivalry.
What is your go-to super bowl dish?
Every year during the Superbowl I have to eat cheesy nachos, there is nothing quite like them!
Do you have any sports events on your bucket list?
It is one of my goals to attend a Superbowl (hopefully the Chargers will be in it) and a World Series (hopefully the Padres will be in it). I have never been to either but I hope to go one day!
What is your favorite sports movie?
Ahhh, it’s a tie. I love the Sandlot and the Blind Side. The Sandlot is a classic and the Blind Side is such a moving, real life story. Both are amazing!
What # would you wear if you played sports?
I would probably wear number 9. That is my lucky number!
What would your walk up song be?
It is so hard to pick just one walk up song, but if I had to pick one it would have to be Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. I love country music, but that song gets me pumped!
Name the local sports heroes from your hometown.
For the Padres we have: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, and Dave Winfield. For the Chargers we have: Dan Fouts, Lance Alworth, Kellen Winslow, and LaDainian Tomlinson. For the one time San Diego Rockets/Clippers: Bill Walton, Elven Hayes, and Stu Lantz. For the SDSU Aztecs we have: Marshall Faulk, Kawhi Leonard, and Brian Sipe.