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Houston Voice, August 27, 2004 - File 009. 2004-08-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1919/show/1898.

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Title Houston Voice, August 27, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date August 27, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript __^_ ^__^ ____. _Jjfl P HOUSTON Local Lite - All for the love of the game When playing football wasn't enough anymore, Karen Mones and partner decided to - purchase the team. By KAY DAYUS Karen Mones, wasn't satisfied getting roughed up playing football with Houston's professional women's team, the Houston Energy. She decided to take more of a beating when she and teammate and partner in love and business, Stacy Agee, recently bought the team from Robin Howinton. They take over as the team enters its fifth season and so far, no one's really made any money, Mones said. Players and owners alike play for the love of the game not for the love of money. A personal trainer and fitness expert, Mones, is beginning her third year with the team not only as its starting receiver, but now also as co-owner And from the sound of her voice, she's excited and enthusiastic about the team's future. "We'd sit around and think about what kind of business we could start." Mones said. And then along came the chance to buy the football team and they went for it. "Some days I wonder what have I got myself into. But even if we don't make it, I've tried for a dream I wanted." Always the competitor, Mones has played sports since she was a kid. from peewee leagues to club soccer in college, and a host of other intramural sports. When she graduated from Beliaire High School in 1992, one of her awards was Best Female Athlete of the Year. After high school, she went to Southwest Texas State University, where she got her bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in health and wellness. She then went to Southern Illinois University, where she got her master's degree in sports management with a ft MORE INFO Houston Energy First Home Came of the Season Houston Energy vs. Dallas Diamonds 7 p.m Saturday Rice University Stadium www.lioustonenergyfootball.com 713.7809946 www.karenmones.com Not only is 30-year-old Karen Mones a player and co-owner of the Houston Energy, she runs her own women-only fitness bootcamp. concentration in sports psychology. Still not satisfied with her credentials, she got her personal training certification from Baylor Sports Medicine Institute. She then went to work as a personal trainer for 24-Hour Fitness, helping people achieve their fitness and weight goals. Mones now works full time as a fitness specialist for BMC Software's corporate fitness facility But that's not the only hat she wears. This 30-year old, brimming over with energy, is owner and trainer of her own boot camp—yes, that's boot camp, and it's styled after military boot camps. The difference is, enlistees only have to sign up for four weeks instead of years. But it's a tough four weeks. Boot camp is for women only and the tough only Up before the crack of dawn, they meet from 5 a.m. until 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. The training is aimed at superior fitness. "We do exercises, running, jumping jacks, lunges and obstacles," Mones said. She said some women are already fit and enlist to get fitter, while some to merely want to get fit and lose weight. A hundred percent Energy adays, when she's not doing personal training, she said she's "one hundred percent Houston Energy" And running Houston Energy is a lot of work. "Although the season runs from August through October, we start in mid January trying to get sponsorships for the next season." There's alsb travel and accommodations to be arranged for away games. They traveled to Dallas for their first game this season. Unfortunately, they lost that game by the narrow margin of 28-26. mind, assured Mones. "We're going to get them when they get to play here." Last weekend they traveled to Indianapolis where they soundly beat the Indiana Speed by 64-6. In the Women's Professional football League for five years, the Houston Energy won the championship for the first three years, but didn't make the playoffs last year. Mones said the goal this year is to regain the crown. Mones is always on the go and never seems to slow down. She talks so fast it's hard to keep up with her. She doesn't have much time for fun and recreation and rarely enough time for her pit bull, Sho'ka. "She's so sweet. Owners are the reason pit bulls get a bad rep," she said. Sho'ka (which means second child) is so sweet. she recently ran away from a cat. Mimes despises and defies labels. She does not see herself as a lesbian, bi-sexual or heterosexual. Her relationship with Agee is her first with a woman, and she said, she is not nut to make any grand announcement about her sexual orientation. She is simply herself She also bristles when people suggest or assume that all the players on the team are lesbians. "They are all kinds of women -a lot of different women with different experiences. Some are mal and some have children." They all sacrifice a lol to play, said Mones. "They play for the love of the game. They dedicate their time and effort to play. That was never available to them before versus spending time with their families." And they basically do it for free. "The players pay to play. They have Io End sponsors to fund their travel and uniforms. They can keep 25 percent of their sponsorship money, but that's all." The team plays at Rice Stadium. "We average 700 to 800 people a game, and they look lost in such a big stadium," Mones said. "You look out at all those seats, and they are all empty." Ideally. they would like to find a smaller stadium that would seem more crowded. Mones and Agee have little time for anything but football right now. No time to travel and little time to have fun. They have to wait until the end of the season lor that. Then they may take a trip- though not to a quiet beach to relax bin to bustling Las Vegas. When you're as accustomed io activi ty as Mones and Agee, it's hard slow down
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