Football for a Cause(s): Powder puff football game will benefit women’s health efforts

By: 
Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

Tracie Fox loves football. Not just watching on TV or in the stands at Connors Stadium; rather, she plays the game once a year.

And she’s inviting you to come watch the third annual Powder Puff game at 6 p.m. on Saturday. It matches her Pink Rack Attack, which won the first two games, against the Purple Vipers, with each team having 20 players ranging in age from 18 to the 40s. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

It’s a flag football game that, Fox said, offers “a wonderful opportunity for people to come out for an athletic and competitive event that fights for a good cause that we want to make people aware of.”

That would be Breast Cancer Awareness by the Pink team and Domestic Abuse and Violence by the Purple team.

The stadium gates open at 5 p.m. on game night and a pre-game ceremony will introduce players and honor sponsors. And the national anthem will be played. 

“If the players don’t stand, they won’t get to play,” Fox said of the Star Spangled Banner. “We stand for the national anthem.”

The all-women’s game will be competitive, what with the Purple team winless in the series.

“Of course, there’s a little trash talking,” said Fox, a registered nurse at One Health. “The Purple Vipers really want to win this game.”

Fox, who plays running back and linebacker, remembers the friendship among players — before and after the game.

“There’s a lot of contact and it really is aggressive,” she said. “Everybody walks away with bumps and bruises, but there’s a lot camaraderie.”

The Pink quarterback is well-known Lacy Haughian, who was a basketball star in high school and college before playing a few years in Europe. A key receiver for Haughian is Hunter Doeden.

The Purple Vipers, said wide receiver Beth McCoy, figure to be more competitive after losing 28-0 in 2015 and 21-7 in 2016 to the Rack Attack.

“I feel like we’re a better team,” she said. “I think it’s part of the fun. We’re all good friends, but on game day it’s completely different.

“I’m looking forward to a really action-packed game, and it goes quickly when you’re out there.”

Male cheerleaders, perhaps as many as 10, will be performing. Yes, they’ll be dressed like regular cheerleaders.

There is no admission charge; rather, it’s a free-will offering. The initial game raised about $1,200 and last year’s about $4,000. They are hoping to increase it again this year.

“It’s a fun night, a great family night,” Fox said. “Every player is sponsored by a business or individual donor.”

Coaches for the Pink team are Dan Fox (Tracie’s husband who played at CCDHS and Rocky Mountain College), Miles Muscha, Jason Venn and Levi Liles. Coaches for the Purple team are Casey Wootan and Chaz Kountz.

The Purple quarterback will be Micah Kirkpatrick and the team’s top running back figures to be Tristin Meidinger. 

McCoy stresses that while it’s a fun-filled event, there is a serious nature to the festivities.

“It’s an important thing — our awareness,” said McCoy, who is the transitional housing assistance manager for CNADA, which serves six counties, including Custer.”That’s what we are really fighting for — our causes.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

 

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