As a kid, Sarah dreamed of playing football. When she was 7, she started a petition in her small VA hometown to begin a girls' tackle football league. Even though the petition fizzled out, her dream never did. Fast forward about 20 years, she was living in Denver and enjoying playing many different co-ed sports, including flag football, but she was reminded of her desire to play women’s' tackle football when she read a newspaper article about a 65-year-old woman who was the kicker for a women’s' tackle football team. She did some online research, but there were no teams nearby. She researched women’s' football opportunities regularly, and in the summer of 2012, She came across the Colorado Sting, a women’s' semi-pro full-pad full-tackle football team that had started up the previous year! She was excited but cautious, knowing that regularly commuting to Colorado Springs would be difficult. She set up a call with the owner/coach of the team to go over numerous questions. She played wide receiver and cornerback for the Colorado Sting (the team name changed to the Rocky Mountain Thunder Katz that year) during the 2012-2013 season, and fell in love, especially with downfield blocking. During the pre-season, they practiced on Saturdays and Sundays, but once things were in full swing, she made the trip to the Springs 2-3 weeknights most weeks, plus the weekends. Because of this, Sarah knows the commitment every player makes to play football. We all have paying jobs that we have to keep and sometimes it is difficult to fit that into a schedule of a semi-pro athlete. She was all in; no out-of-town travel, no weekend skiing, etc. (However, she did set aside some time after one of her home games to get married). She was not the sole Denverite commuting to the Springs to fulfill a lifelong dream, there was a handful of ladies. While carpooling helped, football led to a lot of miles and many hours away from loved ones. "It's never too late to be what you might have been" though, right?! At the end of 2013, the current Sting coach was in the process of setting up a Denver team (with a girly name, logo, and colors!). Sarah’s Sting teammate, Bridget, who had become a friend of hers and who also lived in Denver, reached out to our previous coach about helping to get the team going and set up a meeting with him that December to discuss the details. They took the idea and ran with it, using him only as a resource. Sarah and her husband wanted to start a family, so she took off the 2013-2014 season to have their first son, thinking that she’d play the next season with hopes of having another child the next. She ended up taking off the 2014-2015 season as well to take care of the baby and then they had their second son during the 2015-2016 season. She says her football-playing days aren't over though, and knows the Blaze would love to have her back. The folks involved with the Blaze, from the players to the staff, truly do become a family; the team bonding and camaraderie create a real sense of belonging (these girls really do have each other’s' backs, sometimes literally!). And there are all kinds of women who play this wonderful game, from all walks of life, including grandmas! It's the players though, and the coaches and GM, and some of the other staff, who should get all of the credit, as they're the ones working hard on a daily basis to train, condition, practice, coach, recruit, seek sponsorship, schedule travel, fundraise, etc.!