Story and Photos by
Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — The female Powder Puff Football League kicked off at Takahata Field, here, with a scrimmage of the Army Her-icanes and the Marine War Dawgs, Oct. 21.
“We want to stay fresh and work out the kinks, so that we are squared away when games start,” said Charles Freeman, one of the two coaches for the Army team.
This game was the first in a series of scrimmages that will be played before the games start in January.
Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force each have a team in the league.
“I don’t want to toot our own horn, but I think we’re the best team out there,” said Spc. Quiennetta “Queen” Williams, computer technician, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “I love the camaraderie. It’s rare that we get this many females out in one place to play sports.”
The league, which started by word of mouth and an ad online, now holds practices for players three nights a week, for two hours or longer. Practices started more than a month ago.
“That was the crawl phase,” Williams said. “We’re trying to get into the walk phase, next, with the scrimmages.”
The teams will hold scrimmages October-December.
Ladies who are participating have grown with football fundamentals in leaps and bounds, Freeman said.
“Most of the ladies have never played football before, so to see their knowledge of football (grow) from then to now is extraordinary,” he said. “I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
Players are proud of themselves, too, but they are most proud of the example they are setting for children and other women.
“It brings the morale up for female Soldiers,” Williams said. “It builds camaraderie between us, and I’d like to think we are role models for our kids.”
Besides setting good examples for others, the players are benefiting from participating. Williams decided to play to network and open doors for herself. She is also getting a good workout and meeting some new friends.
“I hope we keep the morale high,” she said at halftime.