Chante Bonds
Chanté Bonds, a player on the Boston Renegades, will be featured on an ESPN documentary about the semipro women's football team. ©Mitzi Velez Lorenzana

Brockton’s Bonds, Taunton’s Casey to be featured in ESPN doc tonight (Brockton Enterprise)

Devin Nelson | The Enterprise

July 1, 2020

It’s been hard for Chante Bonds and Charlene Casey to contain their excitement in recent days.

Both will be featured in the documentary “Born to Play” on the Boston Renegades, a semi-pro women’s tackle football team, that airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

The Renegades were bidding for a third straight Division 1 title in the Women’s Football Alliance before the 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ironically, even though no one can watch them play this year, they are about to get a lot more exposure.

“It’s been really exciting,” said Bonds, a former Brockton resident. “The last couple of days the anticipation is just becoming more and more, and I’m just really excited overall. I’m excited for women’s football to get this type of exposure and I’m looking forward to seeing what the viewers’ reactions are.”

In 2018, during the Renegades’ national title run, [a film crew documented] the season. The championship game aired on ESPN3, the network’s online streaming service, but the Renegades never made it to the main channel. Now, as proper representation of women in the sports world is a trending topic, Bonds and Casey are more than ready for everyone to see what they are made of.

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