Schell tackles women’s football

(09-13-2012)

From her own personal account, Dr. “Beez” LeAnn Schell, Adams State University professor human performance and physical education, will speak about women in their own tackle football league. "Not Lingerie or Fantasy: A Year in the Independent Women’s Professional Football League," begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Porter Hall room 130.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, women have been playing tackle football for decades at the high school, college, and professional levels. Each year, thousands of women don knee pads, thigh pads, shoulder pads, and helmets for the chance to fulfill dreams and play the sport that they love. Yet, their mere presence on the football field is a direct and radical challenge to heteronormative standards about what it means to be a proper woman.

“In 2007, I joined the Santa Rosa Scorchers of the Independent Women’s Professional Football League, Schell said. “Although the experience left me battered and bruised, I can honestly say that 2007 was a highlight in my long athletic career. This presentation will cover the histories, controversies, and stories of women playing professional football.”

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristi Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.