Just Don’t Call Them ‘Calendar Girls’

ForceCalendarIf you’re like, well, the rest of the women-loving-women clan then the idea of a group of gorgeous, fit women running around and touching each other does something warm inside of you. Now, take that thought and multiply it by 100 and replace “touch” with “forcibly slam into” and you have an inkling of the awe that the Chicago Force inspires. Our pride and joy semi-pro women’s football team is back and kicking off the season with a very big bang. Classified as semi-pro because players have to pay to play, (including for travel, gear, and all other expenses), it falls to all of us to support this amazing band of ladies.

Last year, the Chicago Force went all the way to the Superbowl. It was the first national championship ever played in an NFL stadium. It may seem unnecessary to harp on how important women’s sports teams are, but I’m going to anyway. One of the last frontiers where the divide between the genders is grossly obvious and yet insanely accepted, professional sports need a severe facelift. The women on the Chicago Force are fierce, and deadly serious. Many come from Division 1 athlete status. More still possess gold medals from their prowess on the field. This is more than a game, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a family. And we’re all related. This year, the girls are ready to rock….and to win. But first, we’ve got to help get them there.

SAmiFundraising is the name of the game, and this Saturday January 12, 2013, they are treating us to an epic event…all they ask in return is for a little support. The Force created an amazing calendar, full of photos of the players and complete with a full season schedule (cost: $10) to help offset the cost of going the distance this year. Flip through and get each month autographed by the lovely ladies inside, maybe even use one of your 3 complimentary drink tickets to schmooze your way into a photo op. But the fun doesn’t stop there….with these ladies, it rarely does. Catch one of the only performances by the star quarterback, Sami Grisafe, lined up for Chicago until August. Hitting the stage alongside Stephen Leonard, this show is bound to get your booty shaking and your voice hoarse. Hosted at Spin Nightclub (800 W. Belmont) the doors open at 7pm and then the mayhem begins.

For more information:
Chicago Force Calendar Launch Party

Ticket price: $25, complete with 3 drink tickets and an incredible show

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About Leah Schein

Leah is a born and bred Chicagoan, and considers herself extremely fortunate to be raised by amazing liberal parents in Logan Square. Coming from a long family history of equality activism, the crazy world of politics feels like home to her. Her upbringing allowed her to fully appreciate her love of tacos, and provided the support needed to be independent and insane. She is a happy survivor of the public school system, all the way through her undergrad years, culminating with a BA in anthropology. Her love of travel and all things adventurous led to the pursuit of a Master of Science from sunny ol’ England, where she happily grasped a conservation degree and ran off to live in a number of rain forests to research nocturnal primates. Through the amazing diversity she was fortunate to be raised amongst, she has an unwavering appreciation of all cultures and peoples, and has used this to form the foundation of her outspoken support of civil rights. You may have seen her running around Boystown/Tuna town over the last decade, or at events she volunteers at for the Human Rights Campaign. It’s possible you spied her at the Silent Film Festival. That strange woman getting into a wrestling match in the leaves on Foster Ave beach at 3am…that definitely wasn’t her. She couldn’t be more excited about sharing her love of science, and it’s role in our daily lives, with the community she loves. Nerds are cool, people. They drink martini’s too.


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