Looking back on yearbooks from the 80s and 90s, powder puff football was a staple in the early programs at Roberson. This semester, the Roberson student council decided to bring back the tradition.
Senior and Student Body President Camryn Jansen is excited to bring back the game that flips the traditional concept of football.
“I just remember when I was in middle school when I went to a powder puff game. I thought to myself, ‘Why don’t we still have it?’ So we decided to bring it back,” Jansen said.
This year’s game is scheduled to take place in late May at Roberson’s football stadium. Tailgates will occur before the game, and students and staff from Estes, Valley Springs, Cane Creek and Koontz are invited to watch the event.
The council is also planning on providing concessions, face painting and other side activities. The powder puff teams will include 7-10 people each. Prizes will be given for the winning team and the team with the best uniforms. Student council plans on raising money through team registration, which will cost $3 per participant. Spectators will be able to attend for free.
Senior and Student Body Vice President Jacob McCarthy, who is helping plan the event, thinks that this will be an experience that doesn’t happen every day for most people.
“It will be a good opportunity for girls who don’t usually get to play sports, or football, to experience it. I think it will be really fun,” McCarthy said.
This event will primarily be used to raise money for student council.
“One of the main events the council is trying to raise money for is [next year’s] homecoming dance. A place for it to take place is expensive,” Jansen said.
McCarthy said the other main goal of this event is just to be a fun game that all Roberson students can enjoy.
“We just wanted to have another event that the [student council] sponsors. I mean, all student council really does is try to make things more enjoyable for the students, so I think this will be a fun event that does that,” McCarthy said.
According to Jansen, the powder puff game requires a lot of planning and many complications can arise from the process.
Jansen said so far some of the complications that have occurred is the date, time of day, getting a referee, and securing other permissions needed for the county office.
“Another complication we are going to have to figure out is how we are going to promote this event so we have a big turn out,” McCarthy said.
Roberson alumni Brian Feid participated in the powderpuff games held during 1988-1991 as a cheerleader. He borrowed an outfit from one his cheerleading friends and made it work in order to show his ram pride.