The Alabama Renegades, along with their friends from the Nashville Dream and the Chattanooga Locomotion will be scrimmaging this weekend in Fayetteville, TN. to help raise money for the Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy.
Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy is hosting a fundraiser to purchase new lighting and poles for their football field, Lindsey Memorial Field. The activities begin at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 27 at the school.
The highlight of the festivities will feature players from three NWFA teams playing a scrimmage game. For one night and one night only, members of the Renegades, Dream, and Locomotion teams will combine and be playing alongside each other. The players have volunteered their time for this cause and who knows what will happen with these scrambled teams! The game will start around 5:45pm, so come out to watch some great football and help raise money!!
Women's Football Recognized in Centennial Parade
A group of football players joined more than 3,000 participants to make history in downtown Oklahoma City. Members of the OKC Lightning women's full-contact football team marched Sunday among the floats, balloons and celebrities in the Oklahoma Centennial Parade.
Lightning general manager Jan Demery said she was turned down when she first requested inclusion in the well-publicized procession.
"We applied to be a part of the Centennial Parade several months ago but were turned down," Demery said. "Then the organizers called just before the event and said they had space for five people to walk behind a sports float."
Lightning members walked the 1 ½-mile course among other athletes, promoting women's sports in front of an estimated 175,000 live spectators. The event also was televised statewide, and the team gained additional exposure when broadcasters gave a brief overview of Lightning accomplishments.
"I was amazed at all the pageantry and the huge crowd," Demery said. "We are grateful to have been a part of it."
Marshaled by James Garner and Miss America Lauren Nelson, the Centennial Parade helped anchor a yearlong celebration of statehood. Admitted to the U.S. on Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma is the 46th state.
Although the history of women's football in Oklahoma is more brief than that of its host state, it does create a piece of the strong sports tradition recognized in this area.
"From the original Oklahoma City Dolls to today's Lightning, women's tackle football matches the intensity and winning ways Oklahomans have come to expect," Demery said. "Inclusion in a historic event such as the Centennial Parade shows that hard work and dedication - regardless of gender - will be recognized."
photos Janos Schmidt