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Ladies only touch football

A Kelowna teen is asking women to get out of the stands and onto the field; the football field.

Summer Johansen is a cheerleader with the Okanagan Sun, who moved to Kelowna from Prince Rupert two years ago. She always wanted to see a football game and become a cheerleader.

With those goals accomplished, she came up with the idea of joining a touch football league to learn more about the sport, but was dismayed to find there were none available in town.

She then decided to organize what she hopes will be the first annual ladies-only touch football tournament.

“I wanted to learn more about the sport because I noticed that none of the cheerleaders knew when to cheer and that was a big problem for us,” says Johansen.

The event will be to unite active women who are looking for new experiences and to learn more about football. Anyone can sign up, provided they are at least 15-years-old and each person will be put onto a team of seven ladies.

Each team will be “coached” by a member of the Okanagan Sun during a morning session, and then a round robin style touch football tournament will take place in the afternoon at the Apple Bowl.

“I’m hoping to mainly target women who have younger sons playing football, who would like to learn more about sports and be able to better interact,” she says.

“I would notice a lot of women would hang around a man who knew what was happening to get commentary on what their son or boyfriend just did, so they could congratulate them later.”

And she thinks there will be a lot of interest in the community.

Johansen herself says she is still learning about football, and admits there are a lot of nuances to learn.

All funds raised will go towards the Okanagan Sun, and early bird tickets are now on sale for $25.

The event will take place July 20 at the Apple Bowl Stadium. 

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