Football is usually considered a man’s sport but things are changing and the Rio Grande Heat Women’s Football Team is here to make a name for themselves.
The Heat is comprised of local, professional women who not only compete in the Women’s Football Alliance but also work in the community as nurses, teachers, retired and active duty Armed forces, students, as well as stay-at-home mothers.
Founder of the Heat, Brenda Atencio explains the team has been in existence for two seasons now. The team was previously known as the Santa Fe Dukes but has changed their name to encompass all of New Mexico.
The Heat just finished the national championships in Colorado and is now in its offseason as they prepare to recruit and fundraise for the next season. Player Lenell Walton says she has always had a love for football especially growing up with relatives who played locally in Albuquerque.
Walton, who also played rugby, says she jumped at the chance to play for the team when given the opportunity to play for the Santa Fe Dukes.
The team is currently recruiting women ages 18 and older to play for the team during the 2020 season. This weekend, the Rio Grande Heat will be holding tryouts at Jerry Cline Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 in Albuquerque.
The team is also seeking offensive, defensive, and Special Teams coaches as well as team staff as well as sponsorships from local businesses. For more information on the Rio Grande Heat Women’s Football Team, click here.