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One-on-One with Amelia McCarthy

By Nikki Ward, IOU Sports Writer

Amelia McCarthy,
President and General Manager
of the Milwaukee Momentum

Amelia McCarthy is a woman who believes in following dreams. As president and general manager of the city’s first women's professional football team, the Milwaukee Momentum (of the National Women’s Football Association), Amelia's passions lie between her love for the courtroom as a trial lawyer, and her dedication to helping female athletes achieve their goals.

An athlete herself, Amelia grew up playing sports, including basketball, softball and football with the boys. Her athletic ability caught the attention of the boys head football coach in junior high school, who asked her to join the team. After later being told that "girls don't play football", Amelia became determined to prove them wrong.

In 2002, her dream materialized when she became the quarterback for the Wisconsin Riveters, the state’s first women’s professional football team. Describing football as a “complex game”, Amelia most appreciates that people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can play the game. She says her “competitive spirit” assists in her dual roles as an attorney and as an athlete.

Shatter the Ceiling LLC was formed in 2004 to further share her vision in providing opportunities for female athletes to reach their dreams and believe that anything is possible. Owned by Amelia, Elaine Gonya and Bridget Hubing, the company is comprised of two divisions. The first division is a mentor program designed for inner-city girls and college-age female athletes, which is set to begin in the fall of 2005. Its aim is to instill the value of a college education by allowing the high school students to attend college classes with their mentors. Although the program is initially geared toward athletes, in the future it will broaden to include student activities in fine arts, sciences, and student government.

The Milwaukee Momentum is the second division of Shatter the Ceiling. Amelia says playing is not about winning or losing, but about granting the chance for women to participate in a sport that they may once have not seen as possible. The players, whose ages range from 18 to 40, come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, yet share the same enthusiasm for the game of football.

On April 23rd the Milwaukee Momentum kicked off their first home game with a 21-12 win over the Kentucky Karma. Hart Park in Wauwatosa, hosts the Saturday night games, with a playing season from April to June. For a complete schedule and more information about Shatter the Ceiling, visit the website at

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