Britni de la Cretaz explores the motivations of the players of the Boston Renegades, who devote their time and money to the team, risking so much to play the game they love.
The Boston Globe took a behind-the-scenes look before kickoff, and recorded images as well as sounds from the locker room.
This opinion piece by Boston Renegades executive Molly Goodwin originally appeared in the Boston Globe on August 3, 2015.
The Boston Renegades’ season ended two weeks ago, but players still took the field for drills last Thursday. They went through warm-ups before working on tackling, throwing and agility with their charges — 20 girls between 5 and 14 years old.
A few weeks after getting their rings for their third Super Bowl win, the players of the Boston Militia were told their owner was ceasing operations. But a determined group of players and alumni would not let a season go by without a women’s football team.
Ernie Boch, Jr., announced the Boston Militia would be no more. Former linebacker Molly Goodwin called fellow alumni Mia Brickhouse and Erin Baumgartner and together, they vowed to resurrect the team.
Determined to play on, the disbanded Boston Militia decided to start a new women’s football organization from the ground up with a new name, a new logo, and a new mission.