The Future of Football is Female

On Saturday, September 28th, nearly 200 girls from all over New York attended the Jen Welter Girls Flag Football Camp in Staten Island. The camp was one of eight stops around the United States on Jen Welter’s Fall 2019 Tour.Welter, who was the first female to coach in the NFL, runs these camps to teach […]

Will Carli Lloyd open the door for the NFL’s first female player?

Carli Lloyd’s well-publicized visit with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t her first appearance at an NFL training camp, but this one ended with a Hall of Fame executive advising teams to give her a tryout. The footage of Lloyd, a two-time Fifa player of the year, booting 55-yard field goals reignited the discussion of whether a woman will […]

Why women in football won’t have a future until they have a past

There have been no women inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To most fans, that’s not surprising: There’s never been a woman who’s played in the NFL, after all. Coaching platitudes still suggest the sport is a way to “separate the men from the boys” — a cliche that has its roots on […]

How Jen Welter’s life has changed a year after making history

Fifty-three weeks ago, Jen Welter was teaching aerobics and running boot camps in Dallas while coaching linebackers and special teams for a men’s professional football league. She was working at both in relative anonymity. On Thursday, the one-year anniversary of Welter’s introduction to the world as a training camp intern for the Arizona Cardinals — the first […]

Do Pro Male Athletes Really Care About Having Female Coaches?

The training video opens on a sunny January afternoon with Atlanta Legends defensive lineman T.J. Barnes ready to pounce from the 30-yard line. At 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Barnes, who is now in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, is no joke. This isn’t a guy you’d want to get tackled by, a realization that hits you within the first […]

Jen Welter Is the Feminist Hero Football Needs

Football is not particularly welcoming to women. Of course, to Jen Welter—the Atlanta Legends’ defensive specialist coach, not to mention the NFL’s first female coach when she worked with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015—that didn’t really matter. She was still going to play, coach, and support the game she loved. But the lack of inclusion […]

adidas Announces Multi-year Partnership with Football Coach Dr. Jen Welter

adidas announced a multi-year partnership with Dr. Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach and newly named Defensive Specialist Coach for the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Today adidas and Coach Welter kicked off the first girls’ flag football camp in Atlanta, as part of a series that adidas will co-host with Jen […]

Jen Welter Ready To Become ‘A Legend’ In AAF

Jen Welter likes being the first. Not so she can brag, but so she can pave a way for others to follow. In 2014, she was the first woman to play a position other than placekicker on a men’s football team, suiting up at running back for the Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football. A […]

New Atlanta pro football team hires pioneering female coach

Atlanta’s new startup professional football team is tackling the sport’s gender barrier. The Atlanta Legends said Tuesday that it has added three new coaches to head coach Brad Childress‘ staff: Jen Welter (defensive specialist), Miles Robinson (offensive assistant) and Tyler Anderson (defensive assistant). Welter was the first female coach in the history of the NFL — one of the few to ever […]

NFL Coach Jen Welter to Host FREE NYC Girls Football Camp (9/22)

The first female coach in the NFL, Dr. Jen Welter, partnered with the NFL Alumni to bring cities across the country a day of empowerment for girls. Get on the field and learn the game from NFL Alumni as they dive into each position. Also, hear from Jen Welter as she shares her personal journey […]

Flag football camp for girls set July 31

Cynthia Zordich, founder of nflthread.net, a private platform for NFL women, has joined forces with NFL Alumni and Grrrridiron Girls to bring a flag football camp to Glacier Field on July 31. The camp for girls ages 6-18 will be conducted from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Jen Welter, the NFL’s […]

Girls’ Flag Football Camp Hosted by NFL Alum Jen Welter

For all girls who want to play football, this is for you! NFL coaching alum, Jen Welter, is kicking off her new mission to host flag football camps for girls! The first camp will be held at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts on August 26th. Register now at www.jenwelter.com!

A Day in the Life of an NFL Player Recap

On Sunday, a number of Women of Washington Redskins members watched football like they’ve never before – a bit closer to the game (and maybe even a tad sore). This past weekend, WOW hosted A Day in the Life of an NFL Player: Football Camp for Women, presented by Toyota, and welcomed over 100 WOW members […]

Jen’s Moments of Change: The First Ripple

I still remember when I found out I would represent my country in the inaugural IFAF Women’s World Championship. Forty-five of the top women from around the United States would abandon their individual team colors to represent the Red, White and Blue. We had this “A League of Their Own” feel. We were the pioneers. […]

The First Female NFL Coach Is Proud To ‘Play Like A Girl’

The phrase “play like a girl” shouldn’t be seen as an insult, according to Jen Welter, who is the first woman to hold a coaching position in the NFL. Welter played professional women’s football and now works as a sports psychologist, but she made history during her preseason coaching internship with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015. She’s also […]

Jen Welter: Huddling for a Q & A with the NFL’s first female coach

Watching pint-sized youngsters playing at private academies in Florida can give one the feeling of looking through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars. Is anyone too young to play tennis? It appears not. Apparently, though, you can be too small to have a big future in the game. A rising tennis hopeful in […]

Jen Welter meets President Obama, who then quotes her in a speech

The picture was worth the wait. More than six weeks after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House during a celebration of Women’s History Month, Jen Welter received the photo of her and the president. And it went straight to her Instagram account. When Welter met Obama, he stood in front of the former Arizona […]

‘There are no limits for girls,’ NFL’s first female coach says

Dr. Jen Welter is only 5-foot-2, but she stands very tall as a force for women. Last year, Welter made history by becoming the first female coach in the National Football League, hired by the Arizona Cardinals as a preseason intern to work with the team’s inside linebackers. The NFL opportunity came about after Welter […]