Female Football Takes Center Stage At Local Combine

Throwing like a girl may not be a bad thing these days.

 

Last Saturday at Ives Park in North Miami-Dade, it was girls’ day on the football field as a ground-breaking event was held in the first ever Bleechr.com Female Football Combine.

 

In a world that has long been exclusively for the boys, who were looking for a way to improve and learn the game - with an eye on a future career at the collegiate level - was passed on to the girls.

 

Coming from as far away as Port St. Lucie and Homestead, the girls were treated to testing, coaching a lot of football fun.

 

With one time Dolphin, Charger and Chiefs’ standout receiver Chris Chambers leading the event - along with standout female football players Jessica Childers and Erin Dimeglio -it was indeed a day that was one to remember.

 

“This is way overdue,” said Chambers said. “These ladies are athletic and very talented, but lack those basic skills to play this game better, and I hope we at least provided that to them.”

 

As flag football is becoming more popular with the girlsat high school level, a combine was truly the next progression in something that continues to pick up steam.

 

There are leagues and organizations who host events -such as the Miami Dolphins - that enhance to sport. But when testing and teaching elements are added to the experience - it becomes a different game all the way around.

 

The one obstacle that organizers received prior to the event from players, coaches and parents is how this is going to benefit the athlete. Like the boys combines that Bleechr.com has held, it is all designed to help them now.

 

With the ladies participating and spending time on theirflag football programs at their respective high schools, it’s all about getting better? Saturday’s combine backed that up.

 

“Everyone who came out enjoyed the experience,”Chambers said. “I was blown away with all the athletes who showed up, eager to learn and play. That was really refreshing.”

 

There is no doubting that female football combines are the wave of the future. It is something that directly shines a spotlight on the girls - and that is what is important to everyone involved.

 

“This was a great event for these ladies to come and learn from,” said Dimeglio, who was the first female in the state of Florida to complete a pass in a boys’ game when she was at South Plantation High. “I saw so many positives from this first combine. It will grow and become one of the most attended events that any female can benefit from. Chris and Laz really thought this through before hosting it. I’m very excited about the future.”

 

With plenty of instruction and teaching going on, those who attended know that the future for this combine will spread like wildfire, and the emphasis will be put on learning every phase of the sport - like the boys do.

 

For senior Kimberly Slinkosky from Cooper City, coming out to the event was her competitive nature. This is not just your average student athlete.

 

As a sophomore, she was named Broward County Flag Football Player of the Year and led her team to a pair of district titles.

 

She also happens to be a standout soccer player as well -which only adds to what she has accomplished on the athletic field.

 

She was one of the players that the coaches had their eye on at the combine.

 

Slinkosky also happens to have a GPA that is in the 5.0 range- and has opened doors for college.

 

“Coming out here today turned out to be a lot of fun and very competitive,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect when I came here, but it turned out to be a really good.”

 

 

A LOT OF FUN

Saturday showcased the amazing athletes we have here in south Florida - as football talent lined the fields.

 

The teaching and instruction elevated the play - as catches were made, throws were on target and defensive players had their opportunity to make a difference.

 

Many locals had the chance to shine. Here are a few of those who came and made a difference:

 

Lian Brown, WR/LB, Coral Springs Coral Glades

Myaih Brown, S/WR, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Raniya Carter, RB, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Emma Diaz, WR/RB, Davie Western

Ana Lopez Ducasa, WR, Miami Coral Reef

Stacy Dwyer, WR/DB, Syracuse

Destiny Dyer, WR, Miramar Everglades

Chatoria English, WR/CB, Miramar

Tamatri Gale, Gwyn Park

Randrea Gamble, Athlete

Christina Gonzalez, QB, Hialeah Barbara Goleman

Ashanti Griffin, WR/DB, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Olivia Kaes, QB, St. Lucie Centennial

Imani Martin, S, Miami Killian

Trinity Rivera, CB/RB, Coral Springs Coral Glades

Kanaiya Russell, DB/LB, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Lauren Turner, QB, Miami Northwestern

Mary Vidal, OC/LB, Coral Gables

Kalyn Burgess-Williams, WR, Coral Springs Coral Glades

Makiyah Woods, WR/DE, Miami Northwestern

 

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