It consisted of eight (8) teams, which competed with the highest degree of athleticism. For twelve (12) years, teams such as FDNY, formally called BLAZE, Vicious Breed, CRUSH, SNAFU, Turf Tigers, Pink Ladies, Replacements, Hotlanta Heat, Title IX, Purple Reign, Uncoachables, Lyte-N-Tyte, Ikonz, Atlanta Rage and Rock Hard played in this highly competitive league that became a solid foundation and trailblazer for women's football in the metro Atlanta area. These teams and their fans would consistently participate, every Sunday in the Fall, in this wonderful sport we have all come to love.
The GWFFL was able to endure year after year, attracting new players, coaches and fans, primarily due to the collective efforts of the women on the field and their commitment to the league and its' vision of women in sports Sue Cackowski, Kim Watson, Andrea Carrandi, Dene Cornet, Mashonda Gilmore, Sharon Fouse, Darnell Brown, just to name a few, are some of the key individuals who remained engaged to ensure their teams were prepared to play in order to give the league continuity.
Cheryl "Liit" Glover, Angela "Def" Rowe, Suzanne "Spud" Whitworth, Natasha "SKYY" Slan, Angela "Butterbean" Smith, Christy "Twig" Jamison, and Gretchen Gruber are some of the key individuals that have paved the way for the sport in Atlanta. Certainly, there are numerous others who gave of their time and talent to be a part of this phenomenon. Each and every Sunday these ladies would battle for bragging rights to claim the title of being the 'BEST'... what a treat! Due to various challenges recently, the GWFFL disbanded. There were several individuals who did not want the sport to end in Atlanta. Mashonda Gilmore, who served in the past as the GWFFL Commissioner for several years of its' existence, wanted to continue this vehicle that allowed women to compete competitively in flag football.
In the Fall of 2007, Mashonda Gilmore, along with Zeric Foster, co-founded the Atlanta Women's Flag Football League (AWFFL). Both Mashonda and Zeric have been and continue to be extremely passionate about women playing the game of football. They both serve on the Atlanta Xplosion (Women's Professional Full Contact Football) staff, while maintaining full-time careers. Mashonda is the Atlanta XPlosion General Manager and Zeric is the Assistant Head Coach.
Although Mashonda heads her own flag football team, the Lyte-N-Tyte Lady Warriors, her vision spans beyond the success of her team. Mashonda's goal is to continue the legacy of flag football for women in the Atlanta area, who have a true passion to excel in a competitive environment.
Zeric Foster, AWFFL's co-founder, has a unique gift for teaching the fundamentals of football to the women who play this sport. Coach Foster is a native of Atlanta, where he attended college and earned his undergraduate degree. He truly believes that women can play football on a competitive level and has been one of the biggest supporters of women in the sport.
Both Zeric and Mashonda are dedicated and committed to continuing and maintaining a woman's football league in the Atlanta metro area. They were able to make this dream a reality because of great lady players and a fantastic support team, including, but not limited to the following individuals: Lasaundra Lowe, Norman Carter, Fonda Gill, Natasha Slan and Josh Goshay.
The AWFFL kicked off its' inaugural season on October 14, 2007 with a season opener at Roswell High School. The league hosts seven (7) teams from across the Metro Atlanta area. In November 2009, the AWFFL will be hosting the "2nd Annual Lynn Lewis Invitational Flag Football Tournament" in HOTLANTA , which will bring teams from Houston, New York, Chicago, Tampa, Miami, DC and Virginia areas.
We are all excited about the AWFFL and the opportunity to contribute to women athletes, our community, and to the encouragement of girls who are now daring to step on the field with their male counterparts!
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