Archive for June, 2009

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Happy Birthday Title IX

June 24, 2009

Happy 37th birthday to Title IX, the federal law granting girls and women in high schools and colleges the right to equal opportunity in sports.

On June 23, 1972 title IX was passed and implemented in July of that same year. Although that was 10 years before I was born, and manny more years before I could take advantage of the opportunities, I benefited first hand to the passing of this bill.
Title IX is the reason I learned how to play football. I joined my high school varsity flag football team when they first announced that Palm Beach County Public School District was to offer a varsity level girl’s flag football program. My family wasn’t into watching the NFL, nor was my big brother a football fan.
As a 16 year old Junior in high school I learned how to throw a ball, catch as well understand the markers on the field. I was a slow learner and wasn’t the best on the field, but my coach kept encouraging me to play. I discovered that I love the sport.

The world still isn’t perfect, we have a long way to go. But without title IX, I would be a different person.

The battle continues in Congress to ensure Title IX remains strong and effective. We need to support this legislation at a stronger level. Send a message to your congressional representative though the Women’s Sports Foundation.

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The Canadian Sun Bowl Attracts Texans

June 24, 2009

When you make the trip all the way from Dallas, Texas to the Cowichan Valley, you’re probably coming for a good reason.

Game Time journeyed from the Lone Star State to Duncan’s McAdam Park for Sun Bowl XXIV last weekend, and were rewarded with the Top Flight division championship.

The 2008 United States Flag & Touch Football League champions, and the first team from south of the border to play in the tournament, Game Time was expected to be one of the top teams at Sun Bowl, the Pacific Northwest Women’s Football Championships, and they delivered, capturing the top team trophy and two top individual awards.

Along with the appearance of the Texas team, eight Cowichan Women’s Football League (CWFL) teams competed as well as four teams from Victoria and eight from Vancouver.

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Israel Takes Home the Big Bowl Championship

June 21, 2009

The Israeli women’s national team travelled to Germany last week with one goal in mind. After rolling over the competition with six straight victories en route to a third Big Bowl championship, it would be difficult to call the trip anything but a complete success.

The playing of Hatikva during the title presentation was an emotionally fitting conclusion to an action-packed weekend of football that put the rest of the European nations on notice that Israel will be a force to be reckoned with at September’s Euro Championships in Belfast, Ireland.

Coach of the Israeli women’s team said the game was so well played, it was impossible to pick out All Star Players. “I gotta tell you though, hearing that song [Hatikva] being sung on German soil after the girls won their title, now that was a sweet moment both teams and I will never forget. The goosbumps were out in full force for that one.”

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Basketball Star Found Success in New Sport

June 20, 2009

After being named MVP at Leon High School, Williams has been voted the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2009 Big Bend Flag Football Player of the Year.
Two years ago when Sharonta Williams joined Leon’s flag football team, no one knew how vital she would be to the team’s success — that includes Williams herself.
“I’m better than I thought I was,” Williams said. “It’s not just basketball that I’m good at.”

All- Big Bend FF Player of the Year
Sharonta Williams hopes that younger girls who look up to her will follow in her footsteps and break barriers in all aspects of life.
“It feels good to lead by example,” Williams said. “I hope other girls will follow their dreams and not give up.”

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Orlando Scrimmage Was a Hit!

June 11, 2009

The girls of Orlando woke up early Sunday morning and joined the IWFFA for an hour long scrimmage in heart of Orlando’s Attractions. We are measuring the interest of the women in Orlando, to see if we can successfully start a women’s flag football league in this area. And in a large metropolis like Orlando, why not?
This is the first of several scrimmage games hosted by the IWFFA.

Orlando Football

Orlando Football

We need a name for the league and we’d like your help deciding.
Vote here:

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IWFFA Team ‘Carolina Storm’ Featured in Curve Magazine

June 2, 2009

This month’s issue of Curve Magazine features IWFFA’s own.

May Issue of Curve Magazine
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Curve Magazine, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine, spotlights celebrity interviews, news, politics, shopping, pop culture, style and travel spotlighted the 2009 Kelly McGillis Classic in it’s SCENE section. The page featured Carolina Storm player Angela Walter running up the middle as well as the offensive line up against the Stray Dawgs.

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