Former North Olmsted High School athletes Domonique Jopek and Amanda Cooch can say they have made it as professional athletes — as members of the hometown Cleveland Fusion. The Fusion are members of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), one of three full-contact, 11-on-11 women’s football leagues with the WFA being the largest of the three. The team was founded in 2001 as a member of the National Women’s Football League when over 90 women throughout Northeast Ohio attended the two-week tryout. Since 2002, the team has not had a record worse than 5-3 and went a perfect 8-0 in the 2013 season.
The Fusion was recently acquired by TJ Monachino, a 28 year old entrepreneur, who is committed to creating awareness for Women’s Football, and raising the team’s identity as a winning sports team in Northeast Ohio and across the United States. Monachino states “I am committed to making the investment required to make this happen. The Women of the Fusion deserve the spotlight- their athleticism, skills and love of the game should be showcased.”
The start of the 2016 season marks a new era in Fusion history, with the team moving all of their home games to Maple Heights High School. Also, The Fusion is now player-owned and operated. As part of this transition, “we’ve founded a non-profit organization, Cleveland Women’s Football, to increase our ability to give back to the Greater Cleveland community we call home. Cleveland Women’s Football focuses on bringing a love of sport to young girls, in order to help empower girls throughout Northeast Ohio and prepare them to be The Best Players In The Game Of Life.”
For more information on the Cleveland Fusion, visit http://clevelandfusion.com/