When women professional sports come to mind some may think of the WNBA, or the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s recent run. But on June 29 on a cloudy day in Golden, a form of women’s …
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When women professional sports come to mind some may think of the WNBA, or the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s recent run.
But on June 29 on a cloudy day in Golden, a form of women’s professional sport was on display that some may not know about — football.
The Women’s National Football Conference hosted an all-star event, along with the league’s championship game in which the Texas Elite Spartans won the championship at the Colorado School of Mines. The league started up this year, and it hopes to take the sport to a level similar to that of the WNBA.
There are currently 15 teams in the league, including the Denver Bandits.
“I’m excited for what the league is doing to advance the game,” said Denver Bandits running back Britney Derhak, a Wheat Ridge resident. Derhak added that all of the players in the league have jobs and some work up to two jobs while keeping up on the field.
The women play with passion and come from all variety of athletic backgrounds, according to Scott McCarron, head coach of the Seattle Majestics. McCarron is coming off a successful season in which he was named coach of the year in the league.
“A lot of these players never had the opportunity to play football. What you see out here is a league that is setting themselves apart,” said McCarron.
McCarron said the league has “put its money where its mouth is.” The Women’s National Football Conference already has sponsorship deals in place with adidas and Riddell.
“(The league is) important, because it shows little girls that they can play anything. It doesn’t matter what sport it is,” said Leeza Hartzog, a player on the North Florida Pumas. “It’s important to showcase the women that play football, as well as any other sport."
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