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Houston Breakthrough 1976-10 - Page 15. October 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3584.

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(October 1976). Houston Breakthrough 1976-10 - Page 15. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3584

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1976-10
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date October 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 8
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript 'Hurricanes'gear up for pro footbal By Jan Cunningham From the sidelines the Houston Hurricanes look like a small Texas high school football team. Dressed in standard football padding and helmets and sporting assorted jerseys, shorts and football pants, the Hurricane backfield runs and reruns intricate hand-offs and passing drills. The linespeopJe slug it out in the "pit." The linebackers pursue the running backs with ferocity. Up close though, any resemblance between the Hurricanes and 99.9% of the football teams in Texas is quickly dispelled Beneath all that padding are 25 Houston women with one thought in mind-to make the Houston Hurricanes a member in good standing of the eight- team Women's Professional Football League. That's not simple. In professional sports it's not merely a matter of getting together a team, finding a coach and a sponsor and joining a league. Professional sports is, after all, big business. Like the NFL, the WPFL has stringent financial entry requirements for teams. Under the current WPFL set-up a team must exhibit financial responsibility by purchasing a $10,000 franchise. (A real bargain compared to NFL franchises, which cost millions of dollars.) At this point the $10,000 is the largest obstacle facing the Hurricanes. Without the franchise the Hurricanes cannot become official members of the league which includes established teams in Toledo, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and New York. However, until they can come up with the $10,000 there is an alternative. They can play exhibition games with league teams or with other teams which are trying to get established, like San Antonio and Tulsa. These exhibition games are important. They are a gauge of the local support the team can expect. Local support puts the bread and butter on the table. Even if the Hurricanes do find a franchise underwriter (it's a tax write-off, folks), HOUSTON HURRICANES they still face fearsome financial burdens. Under the present league format the home team pays for travel and housing for the visiting team. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if Houston were playing Dallas but, (all of the games are scheduled on weekends so that league players can return to their "other" employment during the week) a game between the Hurricanes and San Diego could be very expensive for the Hurricanes since San Diego would have to be flown to Houston. Naturally a team that isn't generating support at the gate is not going to be in any position to play in a home and away series with the well-known league teams. In addition, teams must be properly uniformed and equipped. Hurricane members now assume the burden individually at a cost of between $75 to $125 per player. They must finance adequate publicity for the team and pay rent for practice facilities and game facilities. And they certainly should provide major medical coverage for all the team members. All this before the players can become "professionals"-that is, make money. But the Hurricanes continue, full of enthusiasm and looking forward to their first year in the league. The team was started by Marty Bryant, who read a womenSports article on their 1975 Sportswoman of the Year, Linda Jefferson of the Toledo team, and wrote the WPFL to get assistance in establishing a team in Houston. Several letters and phone calls later, league officials provided Marty with all the assistance they apparently could muster: "Put an ad in the local newspaper." The present Hurricane roster represents the healthy and fit who answered the ad and survived the first rigorous weeks of training. Hurricane members had reasons for joining as diverse as their jobs, which range from student and teacher to welder, printer and home- maker. Quarterback Gwen Flager went out for the team because as a small girl in Louisiana and Alabama her athletic opportunities were very limited. Dodie King joined because her six brothers always got to play football and she never did. Several members of the team, like Marty and Renee Becham, played Softball together this summer in the Northeast Houston League. Coach Richard Perry coaches' the team because his wife plays. A veteran of coaching in boys programs in Europe, Coach Perry feels that the only difference between male football players and female players is that the females have less background in the sport. The Hurricanes will play their first game in Houston on October 23, against San Antonio at Houston's Delmar Stadium at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $1.50 for children. Breakthrough will print their season schedule as soon as it is made available and will keep you up-to-date on their games. The support of the Houston feminists is vital to the Hurricanes. Those who have worn themselves to a frazzle over Title IX and the inequities in all sports programs for women should see the formation of the WPFL as the beginnings of the change they seek. Many can help the Hurricanes. The financially able can provide the franchise fee. Anyone can certainly attend their homes games at Delmar with husbands, lovers, children and friends. Some don't want to go to the games but will buy tickets and give them to someone who would enjoy the games. Those interested in playing football will go out for the team. A doctor, advertising person, printer or what-have-you can help the team. Anyone wanting more information on" the Hurricanes should contact Gwen Flager at 460-5032. YES! I'LL HELP KEEP BOB ECKHARDT IN CONGRESS! Name Address. 'A democratic society has not reached its fullest expression until equal rights are constitutionally guaranteed for women. Nor has a society reached its goal if there are not the day care centers, adequate health programs and the jobs to provide the opportunity to work." Bob Eckhardt Phone Enclosed is my contribution for $ I can help: □ as a neighborhood block captain. D at campaign headquarters. □ other □ by telephoning my precinct. □ with a yard sign in my yard. Please fill out and return to 103 Little York, Houston 77076. Paid for by Bob Eckhardt Campaign Fund, J. Edwin Smith, Treasurer. A copy of our report is filed with the Federal Election Commission and is available for purchase from the Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC 20463. Roots Reveals With a Continental jerk, Katie Sandwina, the strongest woman weightlifter, raised 286 pounds for the greatest overhead lift in 1911. She unofficially lifted 312^ pounds and reportedly once shouldered a 1200 pound cannon taken from the tail board of a Barnum and Bailey Circus wagon. Born January 21, 1884, the German weightlifter stood 5'H" tall and weighed 210 pounds. \ 11 >ts the sexy sexless shoe 5366 Westheimer Greenspoint Mall 629-4120 448-5638 send your revelations about women to Cheryl at Roots.