Doing stuff, just because
Posted by Casey on June 1, 2007
I decided a long time ago to do interesting things when the opportunities presented themselves. You know when you see something and say, “I’d like to try that sometime.”
A friend just sent a couple of photos she took with her cell phone. The first one was taken in an environment I’ve pretty much memorized over last summer — Arco Arena in Sacramento.
The second picture was taken in an environment that was new to me–shooting photographs from the sidelines of a professional women’s football game. I’m the lone figure on the left.
Even after several weeks, I think about my experience mingling with the Sacramento Sirens on the sidelines. I know I’ll hold that beautiful evening as one of the special memories in my life. These women are playing because it’s something they grew up saying, “I want to do that.” When the opportunity presented itself, they went for it.
The Sacramento Sirens are one of thirty teams that make up the Independent Women’s Football League. The players don’t get paid. They have to pay for their own uniforms, own equipment, and all travel expenses. What the fans get are women who are playing for the love of the game. They’re living a dream come true. You see it in their faces, you see it in the all out way they play. They’re having fun, the crowds are having fun, the guy calling the plays is having fun. This is what sports and spending a summer Saturday night is all about. Fun and love of the game.
The Sacramento Sirens have been a part of the community for seven years, yet many potential fans aren’t even aware of them. They’re the three time national champions of the International Women’s Football League (IWFL), yet many in the stands were attending their first game.
Several Sacramento Monarchs fans were in the stands wearing Monarchs shirts and talking about the first preseason home game the following night. It’s a no-brainer that the Sirens and the Monarchs have the same potential fan base. A Sirens player admitted to learning about the team at a Monarchs game. Yet the Sirens can’t capitalize on it because their remaining home games are on the same nights at Monarch home games.
I urge everyone to go the IWFL Web site and see if there’s a team in your area. Go to a game. Support these women and have a fun night out.