Dr. Welter's Team USA player fund
Those of you who know me, know that the last few years of my life have been dedicated to 2 pursuits: my doctorate and football. I am so happy to tell you that I have been blessed in both pursuits already in 2013. In regards to my educational goals, I am now officially Dr. Welter (yes, the funny hat and everything). In regards to my football goals, I was named a proud member of the 2013 USA National Women's Football Team.
Playing for the first Women's USA Team at the inaugural IFAF Women's World Championship was an amazing experience, and I prayed I would be able to play in 2013. Following the tryout in Austin, my prayers were answered when I was selected for the 2013 Team.
While representing this great country is a great honor, it is also a lot of pressure. The wonderful world of women's sports is far from the world our male counterparts experience. As I am trying to devise a strategy as to how I can fundraise the amount of money necessary to play for the great USA, potential draft picks for the NFL are counting their millions. In seeing how far we have to go as women, I can only hope the sacrifices we are making will forge a better future for the gridiron girls to come.
As a society, we Americans are very good at giving gifts for weddings and births, and yet, my path has not given me those blessings yet. Instead of a wedding dress, I wore a funny hat and gained a PhD. Instead of starting a family, I have been instrumental in starting the history of women's football. I truly hope that you all will send graduation presents, as those do fit into our societal traditions. I promise to use the money to help the USA team win gold, and use my PhD to make a positive impact. I truly appreciate this, I hope you all know that. Thank you
Dr. Jen Welter #13 USA
Sorry that it took so long to wrap up this football season for you, but I had hoped this last message would be announcing the Dallas Diamonds as the WFA National Champions. Unfortunately, the fairy tale happened, it just happened for Chicago, not for Dallas.
2013 has been an amazing year for me, and yes, my team came up one game short. However, I am so proud of all the games we won, and each player I played with. I love my Diamonds, and I always will. I also love my Team USA sisters, and all my sisters in this game. As much as I wanted my team to win, I consider 2013 a win for women's football. In 2013, team USA showed the world what was possible in women's football. In 2013, teams like Team Sweden were honored to play against the best team in the world. Now that is an honor!
Again, I had hoped the 2013 Dallas Diamonds football season would have a fairy-tale ending. Unfortunately, it did not. The fairy-tale ending went to my sisters on the Chicago Force. I honestly was happy for them at the end of the game. They are a great organization, and I consider their coaches and many of their players family. So my helmet is off to the Chicago Force.
Cheers from the Gridiron.
Dr. Jen Welter
#47 Dallas Diamonds
The key to excellence and the development of expertise is consistency. It is consistently working on the skills and components necessary to become and expert. It is logging game-time and reps under pressure. Natural ability is a gift, but excellence is consistently working to make the most of natural ability. Experts are not born, they are made.
Knowing what it takes to achieve excellence, it amazes me every time I hear, "oh wow, you are still playing football?" It should be a shock when someone stops working at excellence or expertise, not when someone continues!
Excellence is a result of "still doing that" when 99.9% of the population has given up. If excellence was easy, everyone would achieve. The rule of thumb with the development of expertise is 10 years of deliberate practice. So, if you want to begin to be the best at something, think about devoting 10 years to it.
This is my 13th season playing women's football, so many hours, minutes, practices, and games have been devoted to the pursuit of excellence. I have been blessed with an amazing career, and yes, I am still doing it. Be surprised when I hang up my cleats, not when I put them on!
With all that being said, this season is still going, and yes, we are still doing it. We have one more game, THE WFA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME on August 3rd at Balboa Stadium in San Diego. The game will air on ESPN 3 at 6PM PST. You all have consistently supported me this season, and I need you to make one more push.
This game is the true end to my 13th season in Women's football, so please help me make it to the endzone! Please Donate.
Cheers from the Gridiron,
Dr. Jen Welter #47 Dallas Diamonds & #13 USA
When I was growing up, and I heard about "family reunions", it always pulled on my heart just a little bit. I am from a small family, so I never experienced the family pull to one central location. I would hear about the funny stories, the family drama, the additions and subtractions, then I would find myself in the world of "what if." Even in relationships, I never experienced the big family feel.
For the first time in my life, I have a large family. I have a football family. I have my Dallas Diamonds family, and I have my extended family, my Team USA family. Though we saw each other less than a month ago, the Team USA family is already preparing our reunion.
The WFA Championship in San Diego will serve as the location to bring the "family" together and unite the generations. For the first time, there will be two generations of team USA players 2010 and 2013. For the first time, I will experience a "family feud," as the Dallas Diamonds side of the family faces off against the Chicago Force side of the family. Though I have played for Coach Konecki twice and against him twice, we have yet to face off since I have called him coach. Along the same lines, I have sacked Grisafe, yet more recently, she was my QB and leader. Though I know it will be a challenge for the family, I believe healthy competition is a part of every family.
Beyond the WFA championship game, it is the game of football that bonds us together. My football family is the largest family I know. We share passion. We share love. We share the love of this game that has been formed in practices and games, here and abroad. In less than a week, I predict this reunion will be epic, both on the field and off.
Cheers from the Gridiron. If you can't be there in person, make sure you catch us on ESPN 3. The battle goes down at 6pm CST, August 3rd! Don't miss this game. I predict it will be one of the best in the history of women's football!
Dr. Jen Welter #47 Dallas Diamonds
As quickly as the players from individual teams had to come together to form Team USA, many of us had to quickly return to our individual teams and play against our Team USA teammates. Of course, it was hard to put aside old rivalries to play for a common Gold; however, it was such a momentous occasion that we came together quickly. However, in my opinion, it is more challenging to the dismantle the bonds of a Gold Medal team then to build them. After all, we were all changed by the experience of playing for Team USA, and that experience is a bond we will never forget.
Personally, returning to my Dallas Diamonds was a happy homecoming. I love my team. I am blessed to play every week with so much talent. And yet, in a way, it would be easier to never have left my Diamonds to play for Team USA. Those of us who went to represent our country missed many important practices at home. Those who went to play for the USA have a piece of us the rest of our teammates don't understand. Those of us who played for Team USA have another family of players who will always have a special place in our heart and in our memories.
I am glad that none of my Team USA teammates played on the St. Louis Slam. I am glad that I had a bit more time to go from being teammates to opponents than some of my other teammates did. Playing against former teammates on the Central Cal War Angels was a challenge, but I believe we all handled it rather well. On the field we all played to win, then after the game we took a reunion picture.
I believe that the best complement each of the Team USA players can give each other is respect. Respect means bring you're A game with your home team. Respect means going for the win. Respect means playing your best game and all that you know about those you will face. Respect also means shaking hands at the end of the game, taking a reunion picture, and celebrating with a few raised glasses afterwards.
On August 3rd, It will be hard to face my former teammates who are now back with the Chicago Force as we battle in San Diego for the WFA Championship. It will be strange to look across the field and see my Team USA coaches as "the enemy." As hard as it will be, I know the best complement I can give my former teammates and coaches is to go hard against them. After all, those coaches would never have selected me if I was not a player who would sacrifice for my team, and my former teammates would lose respect for me if I did not give everything for my team. Ultimately, I am a Dallas Diamond, and it is the Diamonds time to shine.
Go Hard or Don't Go at all!
Dr. Jen Welter #47 Dallas Diamonds #13 USA
Jen, can I donate an authentic TX stadium seat with custom floor mounts to the next friend who offers a $300 donation towards your efforts? Just have them contact me on facebook at The Cowboy House in Lake Dallas TX.... go team USA!