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Women’s pro football arrives at Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach’s new football team aims to break barriers without breaking families’ bank accounts.
posted Sep 19, 2013 - 12:32:18pm
The Daytona Breakers will begin playing full-contact tackle football in the spring of 2014 as part of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA). An 8-game schedule will feature four home games at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, also known as Larry Kelly Field. Former NFL player Vestee Jackson started the Breakers to take advantage of Daytona Beach’s family-friendly community and rich sports tradition.
“We have something unique to offer moms and dads,” said Jackson. “The whole family can have a fun and affordable experience watching high-quality football. At the same time, they can show their daughters, and their sons, for that matter, how one can overcome obstacles to achieve one’s goals.”
Jackson is in the process of hiring a head coach. He or she will manage a roster of 50 women, with most of the spots awarded based on performances in three tryout camps. The team requires no previous football experience, with tryouts open to all females between the ages of 18 and 50.
The Breakers will hold the first tryout on Sunday, Sept. 22, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and on-field activities commencing at 10 a.m. Interested players or coaches should contact the Breakers at 407-221-6013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those making the squad will play in the WFA’s National Conference, home to the defending national champion Chicago Force. Teams in their division will include the Miami Fury, Tampa Bay Inferno, Tallahassee Jewels, Jacksonville Dixie Blues, and Orlando Anarchy. The league expects to release a complete schedule in December. The Breakers will have the opportunity to qualify for the WFA playoffs, with three preliminary rounds culminating in a conference championship game. The winners of the National and American Conferences meet for the title in the National Championship game.
Fans can attend for as little as $5, with most tickets ranging in cost from $8 to $15. The team also offers group discounts. The Family Fun Zone will provide promotions and entertainment geared to kids and families. Each game will feature a community Tailgate Festival prior to kickoff, including food vendors, local businesses, and live music. The team hopes to establish the Tailgate Festival as a Breakers tradition. It will be free and open to all, whether or not they have a game ticket.
“We plan to have a lot of involvement in the Volusia County community,” Jackson said. We’ll hold youth clinics and take our staff, mascot, and players to speak and autograph footballs at hospitals and community centers.”
Fans can also interact with the team online, including at the Breakers’ official website, DaytonaBreakers.com. Their Facebook page at facebook.com/DaytonaBreakers has already accumulated over a thousand “Likes.” Fans can make Twitter and Instagram connections at @DaytonaBreakers.
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