About Laura C. Enriquez


"It's my calling- to inspire our young women to accomplish goals they thought unthinkable."

Laura's journey began as a youth football player; the first stepping stone in an unexpected passion for education. From adolescence to adulthood, she gained experience through her advocacy for humanitarian issues. Laura’s path unveiled a love for writing and speaking to the many issues that weigh on girls and women. Her hope is to arm them with inspiration and the necessary tools to carry throughout their own journeys.

At eleven years old, Laura signed up to play tackle football for St. Mary's of Riverside. As the first female football player in the league, she experienced the conflicts that arise when tradition is challenged. With hard work and grit, Laura became a captain and starting lineman- playing both offensive tackle and defensive guard. The Demons went on to win the 2001 Chicagoland Catholic League Championship, and Laura finished her season by holding the record for most tackles.

The following year, Laura returned for a second season. However, during a tackling drill she broke her wrist. For the remainder of the season, she showed up to every practice and game to support her teammates from the sideline. In the following four years, Laura contributed to the St. Mary’s football program as a lineman coach at the “pee-wee” level.

During her senior year at Fenwick High School, Laura founded the NOLA Humanitarian trip. This trip is dedicated to rebuilding areas of New Orleans that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina and is still held annually. Laura continued her commitment to giving back to the community when she joined Community Connections during her freshman year at Sacred Heart University. Through this outreach program, Laura actively participated in Habitat for Humanity builds and became a weekly volunteer at Feel the Warmth Soup Kitchen.

After graduating early with a major in English Literature and minor in Psychology, Laura went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching. Throughout her teaching career, she explored various cultures and educational systems that are found in both urban and suburban environments.

As an English teacher, Laura chose readings narrated by minorities voices in order to open her student’s eyes to experiences they may never face. She cultivated discussions around what it means to be human and how to forge a more just society. Outside of the classroom, Laura advocated for students to apply themselves by founding a competitive debate team and coaching girls softball.

Throughout her years as a teacher, Laura shared stories about being a female football player in hopes of inspiring students. As the social landscape continued to change, and more females became involved in male dominated sports, Laura knew it was time to share her story with a wider audience and aimed to provide a protagonist that had yet to be seen in literature. After much consideration, Laura decided to step away from the classroom and write her novel, DEMONS.

DEMONS quickly became the #1New Release for Children’s football books on Amazon, and has been featured by various sports organizations, including AAU Sports and Supporting Girls in Sports (SGIS). Laura continues to advocate for and inspire young women through her writing and inspirational speaking events.