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Female Full-Contact Sports in New Mexico

rio grande heat

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

Reporting Scores & Covering The Finances Of UNM Athletics

UNM Athletics

July 27, 2018 –The UNM Athletics Department has operated mostly in the red for years, and the university’s Board of Regents voted last week to cut four sports to help address financial issues. Men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s beach volleyball were all cut. Supporters of those programs argued in public comments and on social media that those sports are not the cause of financial woes in the department.

Albuquerque Journal staff writer Geoff Grammer covers the Lobos. Along with reporting scores, he’s also sought out information about what is happening behind the scenes. He sits down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus talk about transparency and why the business of sports matters as much as what happens on the field or the court.

Additional reading:

Some question why Lobo football escaped scrutiny during sports cuts

It’s official: Four Lobo sports are gone

Pending appeal, foundation will continue to withhold documents