Miss about America- Adult Sports!

Okay! Alright! Obviously I’ll miss family and friends something fierce when we move abroad but there are other things I’ll miss about the States. For the past decade Phil and I have lived in south jersey and I’ll tell you, we’ve met some wonderful people and participated in some really fun activities.  The adult sports and recreational scene is exploding down here.

hockey jsppl sjsl

 

 

Whatever your passion or fitness level is there is a rec league in south jersey for you.  We have everything from good old playground games like kickball and dodgeball to rough and tumble roller derby and rugby.

super competitive, highly hilarious dodge ball

super competitive, highly hilarious dodge ball

 

Often times there are no requirements for previous experience to join a league so you can try sports that are new to you.  A few pals talked me in to trying street hockey when new leagues formed near my house.  What a hoot!  Most of the girls had never picked up a hockey stick before and it was great fun learning and improving with them.  By the way, my team won the championship in the fall and made the chamionship game again this past season.

Charlie's Chicks  of b*tches at the shore

Charlie’s Chicks most bad-ass group of b*tches at the shore

I’ve had the pleasure of playing flag football in the Jersey Shore Powder Puff League since its inception 5 years ago.  Back then my Dad had just been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (a degenerative lung disease that progressively deteriorates the lungs until they can no longer sustain life; treatment options are limited and there is no cure) and I agreed to join the league in its inaugural season without knowing anything about it.

my original powder puff team- Hibiscus.  we all wore flowers in our hair- intimidating the hell out of the other teams

my original powder puff team- Hibiscus. we all wore flowers in our hair- intimidating the hell out of the other teams

I soon came to find out that the founder, Barbie Carney, started the league as a charity in remembrance of her father who had passed away from Pulmonary Fibrosis.  It was providential; it was meant to be and I was meant to be part of it.  Barbie is now a close friend and has taken an interest in my family’s struggles and victories with Dad’s IPF.

here we are at the season's opening party in the photo booth with our Commissioner’s awards

here we are at the season’s opening party in the photo booth with our Commissioner’s awards

I texted her at nearly midnight on January 10th of this year to share my excitement and fear when my Dad was called to Temple Hospital to receive his life saving double lung transplant.  That’s half the magic of the league; the friendships you forge.

at the bar

after the games everyone usually comes together at the local bars- Gregory’s is a hotspot and I played for Gregory’s Gladiators 3 seasons

the Dirty Dozen- my brand new team this season.  what fun we had!

the Dirty Dozen- my brand new team this season. what fun we had!

 

The JSPPL's very first travel team at a International Womens Flag Football tournament.  We didn't know what to expect but we had a blast!

The JSPPL’s very first travel team at a International Womens Flag Football tournament. We didn’t know what to expect but we had a blast!

The games can get really competitive and a bit brutal at times (blown out knees, broken collarbones, black eyes and concussions? It’s supposed to be non-contact you know!) but off the field there is a sense of community and good will.  I’ve met so many cool chicks and formed friendships with girls I probably wouldn’t have met outside the sport.  Women’s flag football- sounds silly but its serious fun!

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Megan Rodden

never met a vacation she didn’t like. Megan is a self-centered, snarky, unambitious derelict… like most of her peers.

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