Perhaps you've never heard of the Pittsburgh Passion -- or maybe you've heard of them, but haven't considered going to one of the games.
Before reading any further, there's one question you might ask yourself.
Did you enjoy the movie "A League of Their Own" starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World World II. Did you find the story moving, how talented women from all walks of life came together to live out their dream of playing baseball while entertaining fans of all ages.
Founded in 2002, the Pittsburgh Passion is the most recognized women’s full-contact football franchise in the world. Winner of a National Championship and four Divisional Championships.
If you're thinking this might be some 'powderpuff football' and that the only fans are the families and friends of the players, think again. Franco Harris is the Co-Owner of the Pittsburgh Passion, who are led by quarterback Lisa Horton who became the first person in women’s football history to throw for over 10,000 career yards. Lisa's play is a bit reminiscent of Doug Flutie, watching her scramble around and then throw a 40 yard pass hitting a receiver perfectly in stride.
Until you experience this in person, it is hard to believe. Like when you go to a Pirate game and someone hits a home run, everyone cheers. But despite the smaller crowds for the Pittsburgh Passion, picture the fans reacting on practically every play.
These women come from all walks of life -- students, attorneys, police officers, engineers, teachers, moms, etc. -- and practice several times per week.
This Saturday, the atmosphere will be electric as the undefeated 9-0 Pittsburgh Passion host the New York Sharks in the 2nd round of the playoffs and the right to go on to the national IWFL Championship Game on July 26.
Here is a video where you can check out the last time these two teams played -- although the atmosphere is much better in person http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDn4qVKodU
For other videos, please visit http://pittsburghpassion.com/videos/ or just google the Pittsburgh Passion where there are many videos and newspaper articles.
Depending on the interests of the group, we may go out for a late lunch or drink before going to the game.
Tickets are only $15 or $10 Student/Senior (while kids 5 & under are free).
These games are general admission so people can sit together.
As an Additional Note
-- With so many people in the Meetup, sometimes it can be challenge meeting/mingling, especially for relatively new members when attending other events at busy art galleries, outdoor festivals, and performances at large venues such as the Benedum.
-- In addition, at many arts events there isn't as much opportunity for people to talk.
-- So this event is being included as part of series of fun activities that bring lots of people together which would also help with introductions and spotting other members at future events.
For more information on the history of the Pittsburgh Passion, please visit http://pittsburghpassion.com/history/
For more information about the Pittsburgh Passion, please visit http://pittsburghpassion.com/
For more information about the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL), please visit http://www.iwflsports.com/