FEATURED NIGHTHAWKS NEWS
Another successful Chocolate Affair!
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, 800+ guests got dressed to the nines and flooded the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel for the biggest Health Care for the Homeless fundraiser of the year – the Chocolate Affair.
LEAGUES OF THEIR OWN
Even though Tanya Bryan has always been active in sports—she’s played rugby, run track and field and got into soccer post-college—she wasn’t aware women’s tackle football existed before forming the Baltimore Nighthawks in 2007. “The first women’s tackle football game I ever saw was our home opener,” says Bryan.
The Baltimore Nighthawks completed their 2016 IWFL season with a win over the Philadelphia Firebirds, 34-7. Here is Brian H. Waters and Ty Rice with our Post-Game show. Thank You MyWSports.com for joining with updates throughout the season.
2016 season kick off! Nighthawks first game was against the Carolina Phoenix this past weekend.
First battles don't come easy, especially with an away game against a familiar team, Carolina Phoenix. The season started off for women's tackle football across the country. Hundreds of eager rookies took the field for the first time and even more so eager veteran players ready to get their first catch or earn their first sack to start the season on the right direction. Nighthawks took the field, just as anxious as any other team. Unfortunately, falling short of a victory against the Carolina Phoenix they ended the game with a final score 50-18. They regroup this week and prepare for their home season opener against the Washington Prodigy.
For full game day details and schedule visit the GAME DAY
Hello wonderful mascots!
We wanted to take a few moments to thank ALL of you for your passion for what you do, your kindness and your support for Mascots for a Cure! This event and any event that we will do in the future, could not be done without you all. There is something that is already magical about mascots. You are the face and the heart behind any organization, team, school or other company. When you combine that magic with a goal and a cause, it becomes very powerful and very moving to so many! We are looking forward to the future as there are some BIG things on the horizon!
We wanted to take a few moments to thank ALL of you for your passion for what you do, your kindness and your support for Mascots for a Cure! This event and any event that we will do in the future, could not be done without you all. There is something that is already magical about mascots. You are the face and the heart behind any organization, team, school or other company. When you combine that magic with a goal and a cause, it becomes very powerful and very moving to so many! We are looking forward to the future as there are some BIG things on the horizon! I truly believe with all my heart that together we can change the world and someday help find a cure.....one MASCOT at a time! Something I've learned quickly by doing these events with MFAC, is that there isn't a better group of people out there than those in the mascot industry! Thank you all so very much and we look forward to working with all of you in the near future!
Dear 2016 Chocolate Affair Volunteers,
Chocolate! It just keeps getting better. And better. You made the Health Care for the Homeless Chocolate Affair more successful than ever before.
During the event, we watched a powerful video that provided an up-close glimpse into our West Baltimore community, a community that has endured poverty, drugs, the flight of wealth and jobs, but whose members are taking a stand to reverse decades of decline. Please share it with others.
Inspired by this opportunity in West Baltimore, our Fund-A-Need Auction volunteers of you helped fulfill an unprecedented Fund-A-Need matching challenge. All told, the auction raised $140,000 to support the amazing work our providers do every day. That’s $40,000 more than the original $100,000 CareFirst challenge. And in response, our friends at CareFirst agreed to match the entire $140,000 amount – bringing our grand total on the evening to over $500,000.
Thank you for being such an integral part of a memorable night of volunteerism, and of course dancing, fellowship and giving—all to help our neighbors without homes move toward better health and stability.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in and helped make possible this year’s Chocolate Affair. Please take a minute to check out some of the post-event photos in our Facebook Chocolate 2016 gallery.
FEATURED ARTICLE IN VOICE OF AMERICA - Women Thriving in Traditionally All-Male American Football
American Football has supplanted baseball in recent years as America's favorite sport.
But though men and women both enjoy it, it has traditionally been played almost entirely by men. The past few years, however, have seen the debut of a number of women's leagues - playing by the same rules and with the same level of contact as the men's sport.
When you think about American football, you envision it being played by heavily-padded big men making violent contact with each other. But Tarsha Fain, team captain of the Baltimore Nighthawks says, think again.
"I feel women can do anything a man can do," said Fain. "The same way they get out there and hit, we get out there and hit too."
Fain and team owner Tanya Bryan were part of the first ever women's World Championship tournament played last year. The U.S. team, with Fain playing and Bryan serving as team manager, won the gold medal.
"To be the first, the first time it was done, and be a part of it, no one else can ever say that," said Bryan. "So it's just a wonderful feeling and I'm so proud of that."
And the sport is growing. Perhaps a dozen women's professional leagues have been formed in the U.S. in recent years, though many of those have either merged or gone out of business.
Ghoncheh Mossanen is an offensive specialist. For Mossanen, who has played football for 28 years, the sport is her therapy. It is what she looks forward to the most.
"I feel the transformation when I go from putting on my gear and stepping on this football field. It's a huge mental transformation," Mossanen explained.
Mossanen moved to the U.S. from Iran as a child and still remembers the first time she ever played football in a neighborhood pickup game.
"I remember getting the phone call from my cousin saying 'come on out, we need one more person to play.' I didn't know what it was. I had never played the game and I remember going out there and just fell in love with it," she recalled.
Most of the other players on the team have also played since they were kids, often either informally or in non-contact leagues. But for team owner Tanya Bryan, football was a completely new experience.
"It's funny; I didn't even realize the sport existed for women," Bryan said. "And I got a phone call from a friend of mine and she said there was an opportunity to own a team in Baltimore. And I thought it sounded really exciting and I said yes, and four years later here I am."
When Bryan bought the team she did not expect to make money right away - though after four years, she is now breaking even. But she thought it was more important to give young women in the area the opportunity to play the sport.
"Most of the time as women growing up we're told not to be aggressive, not to be assertive," Bryan noted. "It's nice to have an outlet where you can come somewhere and let all of that out. You can be loud, you can hit somebody. You can just let it all go. It's really healthy and the team camaraderie is fantastic."
The teamwork is evident throughout their recent game against the Firebirds. After a slow first half, the Nighthawks scored and hung on for an 8-0 win, qualifying them for the playoffs.
"It's elation! I mean the team deserves it. We've been playing hard. It's amazing. Now it's our chance to make the championship," said Mossanen.
In memory of Hilda Clayton - a teammate & sister of the Nighthawks family.
SPC Hilda Clayton made the ultimate sacrifice for her country on July 2, 2013. We will honor her sacrifice by keeping her memory alive. Hilda was given jersey #12. She will be our permanent "12th woman". The 2014 season is dedicated to her.
In memory of Coach James Tench - a coach, a friend of the Nighthawks family.