"They paved the path for the rest of us,” Tamara Jarrett, Executive Director, Women’s Football Foundation
Toledo, Ohio (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
The Toledo Troopers, a championship women’s football team in the 1970s and pioneers in the women’s sports movement, will be the first ever inductees into the Women’s Football Foundation (WFF) Hall of Fame. The July 25 induction will take place as part of the WFF Championship Week in Rock Hill, S.C.
Members of the National Women’s Football League (NWFL), the Toledo Troopers were seven-time World Champions (1971 through 1977). The team is the subject of the upcoming film Perfect Season.
According to the WFF, the Toledo Troopers were selected for this honor because they hold the most championship titles in women’s football history, and they were the team that introduced the idea of women playing tackle football to the world.
Also inducted into the WFF Hall of Fame on Friday will be former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, receiving the WFF Image Award. Harris, a part-time owner of the Pittsburgh Passion team of the IWFL and a member of the Independent Women's Football League Hall of Fame, is being honored for his support of women’s sports.
The WFF Championship Week features educational events, coaching and officiating clinics, a girls football 101 camp, girls football game and two women’s games – the WFF Legacy Bowl and the Founders Bowl. The week culminates with the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, and the All Star Game and the IWFL World Championship, featuring the Pittsburgh Passion vs. the Houston Energy, on Saturday. The championship game will also feature an NFL officiating team covering its first-ever women’s professional football game. More historic is the fact that this NFL officiating team will be comprised of all women.
About the Toledo Troopers: Established in 1971, the Toledo Troopers hold the most championship titles in women’s football history, the winningest team in professional football history, and a record of 60 wins and 5 losses. They were members of the National Women’s Football League (NWFL), and won the World Championship in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977.