New lingerie football league features New Orleans Lady Dollz
Shana Rose Reporting
The Lady Arena Football League is in its first active season, after launching May 19th, and the league consists of four teams during its inaugural season, including: the Lady Houston Panthers, the New Orleans Lady Dollz, the Los Angeles Rideretts and Texas Mighty Diamonds.
The New Orleans Lady Dollz were founded by Roame Lowry (of the R&B group Maze) and wife, New Orleans native, Alycia Lowry. It's a family affair, as General Manager Zipporah Chase is the stepdaughter of Roame Lowry and daughter of Alycia Lowry. Chase, who is very passionate about the sport, says "It's classy, it's sexy and they're out there playing aggressive football....These women are actually out there playing full contact football. There are a lot of us ladies were never able to do it, and so here's a platform for us to do it."
Saturday will be just the team's second home game at the Pan American Stadium at City Park in New Orleans at 7PM.
Nearly a month into their inaugural season, the Lady Dollz are in the lead.
Alycia Lowry says "The LAFL includes women of all ethnicities and professions, mothers, teachers, models, housewives, etc." She adds, “I began the LAFL to help young women reach their goals in athletics and life in general and I want to build self-esteem and empower women to know they are able to achieve anything they put their minds to."
Chase, who says she herself has played in a football league, lingerie style, and she says "This league is for real, everyday women of different careers where it is not expected for these women to play a man's sport, football."
The LAFL already has a celebrity supporter in rapper Snoop Dogg, according to West Coast media reports. Snoop Dogg, reports say, is part owner of the Los Angeles Rideretts through owning shares in the team.
The Lady Arena Football League website says this league is formed by female athletes. "We understand being female Athletes and not being appreciated for our talents. LAFL Staffs works hard at setting a platform for ladies to be beautiful on and off the field.
"We are a 8 on 8 Full Contact Football League which play in Lingerie Style Uniforms. LAFL are of the same By Laws and Rules of the National Arena Football League. Ladies of the LAFL are not just Football Players, there are other opportunities under our umbrella.
"Ladies of the LAFL will not just be Football Players but Role Models to young women. Letting them know you can compete in a 'MAN Sport' and embrace being a lady at the same time."