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One on One with Lindsay Jones – Wisconsin Dragons Women’s Tackle Football

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One on One with Lindsay Jones – Wisconsin Dragons Women’s Tackle Football

Age: 32

Title:  Full time job is a Cytotechnologist at Milwaukee VA / sports position member of Wisconsin Dragon Women’s Tackle football team

Education:  2003 BA in biology from Alverno College, 2004 BS in Clinical Lab Sciences from UW-Milwaukee

Resides:  Milwaukee, WI

Grew up:  Oak Creek, WI

Person most admired: Dad. He passed away from cancer when I was 18 after being sick for almost 4 years. He never asked why him or felt sorry for himself. He handled the situation with incredible dignity and strength. He would say "you play the hand you're dealt". I'm know he was putting on a strong front for our family, but the fact that he thought of us first, over his own pain still amazes me. His spirit and mental strength was never broken.

Favorite quote: "Confidence is Key." A lot of times I say it being facetious when I see someone being smug, but it’s true. Having self confidence makes a huge difference in your outlook on every aspect of life and your ability to take on any challenge. Self doubt will get you to quit before you even really try.

What’s your biggest challenge? Conditioning to compete in such a physical sport, plus the cost associated with playing with travel.

On career Risk: Playing football requires travel plus big time commitment during the season and i had to miss some Fridays for travel. Also, the risk of injury could interfere with the ability to do your job. For example, I had a concussion and headache made sitting at my microscope difficult.

What do you like about Football?  It’s so physical, nothing like any other sports I've ever played. The hits are hard, hard enough to completely take you off your feet and you have to do that every play. That took a lot of getting use to. The speed of the game was another aspect I needed to adjust to. You have to act not react to make plays and that took time to start doing. There really is a lot of learning involved too. Part of that is never having the chance to play organized football before. There's multiple formations, plays, routes, etc. and you have to know your responsibilities for each one. I still have a lot to learn, but the challenge was exactly what I was looking for.

Why STEM is important? These fields lead to advances in many areas. I have seen that in my health care job. These are also industries typically seen as male dominated and that is why it's important to promote them as options for women.

How STEM relates to sports: From keeping stats to advances in sports equipment that have lead to better performances.

Advise to Women starting in Football: Condition and watch a lot of football to get familiar with the basics beforehand. The more you know and the better physically prepared the better off you will be.

What’s the first word that comes to mind to the following?
Share - Communicate
Educate - Improve
Empower – Strengthen

The Wisconsin Dragons is one of 32 teams under the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA).

Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson