Womens Lingerie Football League, As the wind by holding Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA championship, another team of women athletes looking to build a similar following and establish itself as a flagship franchise.
But it’s the Minnesota Valkyrie a legitimate actor in the field of professional athletics, or simply a fad?
The Valkyrie is the latest addition to the Lingerie Football League, which has 12 franchises in major cities from coast to coast. Growing popularity of the league has promoted new expansion talks, including Mexico.
The10 addition Dome in Long Lake to host several practices and team events, Lake Minnetonka also has a local connection to the team’s starting lineup.
Gillispie Kelli own a business on the shores of Lake Minnetonka area and recently moved to Mound Spring Park, where a board member of the city. Gillispie scored a touchdown in the victory of the Valkyrie opening day on Cool Green Bay and says Lingerie Football is a demanding sport requiring strength, practice and teamwork.
“It’s the real deal,” he said.
So how Gillispie friends and family about your decision to play football underwear?
“My boyfriend loves and has been extremely favorable,” Gillispie said. “I think he’s more excited than anyone out there. My parents were very skeptical at first, because, one, they do not want to see her daughter get hurt and two, are very outdated.’ve Come a long way, however , especially after the last game. ”
Lingerie Football has rules similar to those of traditional football, except it is played on a 50-yard field and does not include a kicking game. Sport is a full contact and fast paced action, but the uniforms are anything but traditional. Strapping on helmets hockey is more like the NFL, players in bikini (suspenders included) and thin shoulder pads chase, tackle and block each other in their attempt to advance the football.
“It’s very physical. I come home with bruises covering my body,” said Whitney Meieretto. “It’s not a joke. We are out there hitting. It is not just a bunch of girls running in their underwear.”
But clothing and marketing has been criticized by rights groups of women who say the league is to objectify women and lingerie football league is more of a gimmick than a serious organization.
Those who take the field, however, disagrees.
“I went to college in Florida and played a lot of beach volleyball there was less than this,” said Jana Skritc. “It’s just a sport, another way to get our name. There are hundreds of women’s football leagues around the country. This is just the place that put us there.”
Most players echoed the thoughts Skritc, telling their boyfriends, husbands and fathers have been convinced that football is a real lingerie deserves to be recognized as a legitimate professional sports league.
“When you first hear about what kind of everyone’s eyebrows go up,” said Meieretto. “Everyone always thinks it’s just girls running in their underwear, not to play football, but I think we made believers of all families after our first game against Green Bay when they were beating the crap out of each other. ”
Several women’s organizations of rights, including gender justice, the National Organization for Women and the Women’s Consortium of Minnesota, were invited to participate in this story. None has responded.
None of the team’s players are being paid salaries this season, but has not sacrificed the motivation or commitment.
“Hopefully in the coming years that will change, but you can not get this opportunity anywhere else,” said Cydney Froelich. “I hope it’s worth otherwise.”
The squad of 20 Valkyrie women play four regular-season games. Computer at home opener tonight at the Target Center against the Los Angeles Temptation.
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