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Pro women’s football storms Portland
LOS ANGELES – An Oregon native is hard at work trying to bring professional football to Portland.
Powder Puff Extreme, a Long Beach, Calif.-based football league is planning to host tryouts for female athletes who would like to showcase their skills and athleticism participating in America’s most popular sport. Powder Puff Extreme is full-pad, full-contact women’s football.
The league is recruiting high-caliber female athletes to attend tryouts in Portland for the city’s portion of the eight-franchise league: the Portland Storm. Players will be paid for their efforts on game days. Tryouts are set from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 9, at Griswold Stadium at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, in Portland. Tryout fees are $35 per player in advance or $70 at the gate.
Scouts will be watching for football talent, athleticism and character attributes to create a high-quality league with outstanding football, dazzling performances and a family-friendly aspect that is positive for young people. Each roster includes 24 active players, five practice squad players and three injured reserve spots. Each team will have five active coaches as well as training and medical staff members. All Powder Puff Extreme coaches will be former NFL and NCAA football players or coaches.
“We identified an underserved market because football is loved by men and women alike and there aren’t a lot of opportunities for women to play the game,”Powder Puff Extreme CEO Brett Perkins said. “The big difference between us and what’s already out there in this genre is that we are striving to maintain a high level of class and character in the product that spectators view on the field. We want to create an atmosphere where the young girls in the audience are inspired and positively impacted by the players and the way they carry themselves, with dignity and class – and mixing it up out on the football field.”
The league will feature eight teams across the country and coaches throughout the league have deep knowledge of the game from experience as college and NFL players. Perkins himself is a former arena player who was on the verge of making an NFL roster. Games are scheduled to begin in the Fall 2013 and the season consists of two pre-season games, seven regular-season games and a post-season with playoffs that lead to a world championship game. Following the season an all-pro team is selected to play in a bowl game at a location to be determined.
Teams are forming in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Miami. “We are thrilled to be able to bring professional football for women to Portland and other locations across the country,” said Perkins, who grew up on Oregon’s South Coast before going on to play college basketball at Northwest Christian University in Eugene and Minor League Football in the United States and Europe. “This is going to be an entertaining and competitive product on the field from a football standpoint and also provide some excellent wholesome family entertainment. We hope this will inspire more young girls to reach high as they grow up to achieve their dreams. The women who are playing in this league will be compensated fairly for their efforts and we are excited to open the Fall 2013 season.”
Perkins is a native Oregonian who graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay in 1999. In high school, as part of legendary coach Kent Wigle’s program at Marshfield he played tight end as the Pirates won four Midwestern League titles and earned four No. 1 state rankings each year and one No. 9 ranking in the west by USA Today his senior year. Despite interest from University of Oregon and Oregon State University football programs, in college he turned his attention to basketball, helping Northwest Christian University in Eugene to a third-place national finish his freshman year. Realizing that his talent lies in football, he returned to the gridiron.
Perkins surrounded himself with NFL caliber talent by joining the Labelle Community Football League powerhouse Inglewood Blackhawks, which opened up a series of playing opportunities. He was an all-star in that league and was invited to play for Team USA against competition from around the world. He was a first-team All-American and Tight End of the Year by Minor League Football. Perkins did all that lined up alongside some high-caliber talent including former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Sirr Parker and former Detroit Lions tight end/defensive end Kori Dickerson. He brings a wealth of football knowledge and playing experience to the Powder Puff Extreme football league.
To register for tryouts, those interested can find an online form at http://www. Powderpuffextreme.com. For more information, those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org.