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From Monroe to Midfield

May 3, 2019

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

While at Monroe Correctional Complex, Katrina Rooks and Krystal Craig take blood pressures and organize medical records. Outside of work, you will find them playing football for the Seattle Spartans. The Spartans play in the Women’s Football Alliance, a professional tackle football league. Women’s professional football has a following in the south and has started to gain attention across the country. Craig talks about breaking the stigmas surrounding female football players.

“I don’t think they really know exactly what it is because they are like, ‘oh, football, okay, you’re powderpuff.’ Well, not necessarily and we’re not lingerie either. We’re real football,” said Craig.

The team plays their home games at Frank Goddard Stadium in Everett with their preseason beginning in January, and the regular season games going until June. It’s a long season but the team loves playing together.

“Football is the most amazing sport. It’s the best team sport ever. It’s a family basically. A lot of us women have that protection instinct and that’s what football is all about, right? It’s about protecting your sister and going out there and competing,” said Rooks.

Having staff involved in a professional football league encourages positive interaction with the community and promotes the agency’s value of working together. Teamwork is essential when working for the Department of Corrections and while playing football.