Female Full-Contact Sports in New Mexico

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July 5, 2019 – It was not so long ago that female athletes were limited by what sports they could compete in. Non-contact sports like tennis, volleyball and track and field were really the only options for competitors. But even when women started to compete in more contact sports like football, it was often seen only as spectacle – think lingerie football. But that’s changing, at least here in New Mexico. NMiF Correspondent Khalil Ekulona sits down with local athletes to talk about why full-contract sports involve serious competition for women, and what drives athletes to put their bodies on the line.

Merlinda Chavez, Co-Founder, Rio Grande Heat Football Team
Danni Nava, Team Assistant, Rio Grande Heat Football Team
Kimberlee “Kap’n Krush” Haines, Participant, Duke City Roller Derby


Rio Grande Heat Football Team

Rio Grande Heat Facebook Page

Duke City Roller Derby

Duke City Roller Derby Facebook Page

Women’s Sports Foundation

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