Series Created by Sarah Wolfer – Seattle Majestics Player
The Seattle Majestics Football team launched a series on March 8th to highlight the many impressive women who make up the team. The Seattle Majestics players and coaches come from all walks of life with varying backgrounds and experiences who are unified by one common goal – Winning the IX Cup in Denver, Colorado this summer.
This #FootballFriday we are bringing you the story of one of the most courageous women we know. Allie Campbell is a rookie this year with the Seattle Majestics, and brings with her a lifetime of experience facing adversity and coming out on top. This week, Allie gets honest with us about important issues that have impacted her life – and ones that she’s working to change for the next generation. Through sports, Allie learned that she is a strong and powerful woman and that she’s not alone. She has a tribe of other women who have her back here at the Seattle Majestics and she’s ready to share the insights she’s learned over the journey of a lifetime. In addition to all that, Allie regularly commutes over 10 hours to make it to each Majestics practice and game – so 100% commitment to smashing her goals is clearly another strength of hers. Buckle in Majestics fans, it’s time to get real with #60 – Allie Campbell.
Tell us about yourself and your journey to become a tackle football player with the Seattle Majestics. How did you get started playing football?
My name is Allie Campbell and I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I’m a mother to 3 beautiful children – Tayton (18), Lillyann (15), and Edge (8).
I became a mother at just 16 years old and by that time, half my life had been spent as a recreational fast-pitch softball player with the Wheat Ridge Angels. Although we played recreationally, our league was very competitive. The team mentality, my passion, and competitive instinct were instilled in me during my time as a softball player. Through the years I had the foundation of my character become rooted in being an athlete – not only physically but mentally as well.
As we fast forward through the years of struggle where I focused on my children’s upbringing we get to 3 years ago where I found myself absolutely depleted and lost for my own identity and in the battle of leaving an abusive and highly toxic relationship. As I picked up the pieces of my 3rd relationship failure, I knew I needed to get back to my roots of team sports. I found a local coed softball league where I created new friendships and found a new community. I was then invited to play flag football in 2017 and I absolutely fell in love!
Why the Seattle Majestics and the WNFC?
I’ve always loved football (being from Bronco’s country), so when Tressa Miller came and told us about a new tackle football team forming in Oregon, I jumped on the opportunity! During my rookie season there in 2018 my team played against the Seattle Majestics twice. I saw that the team is well organized, the players are a family, and the coaching staff is 100% professional and strong.
When I heard about the WNFC forming (but before it officially became an organization), I listened to several podcasts that included Odessa Jenkins and some of the other influencing forces behind the concept. My heart was instantly filled with excitement for a new turn in women’s tackle football.
Finding a home with the Seattle Majestics was fate and finding peace in my heart after years of struggle and abuse was a testament to my roots in organized sports.
As part of the Women’s National Football Conference, the Seattle Majestics are now sponsored by Adidas through the “She Breaks Barriers” campaign. What do you feel are the biggest barriers facing women in sports today?
I feel the biggest barrier that women face in sports is exposure. If young girls can’t see us on their phones or on TV, how will they know that we exist?
I also take very seriously my role as a mother, especially for my daughter.
And finally, I believe that we all have a responsibility as women football players to rally our communities to stand behind us.
What do you see as your role in changing that?
This summer I’ve teamed up to host a flag football tournament introducing girls to the world of tackle football. The goal is to get mothers and fathers involved, for them to see the gear and understand the safety precautions, and to know the empowering effects that football has on life. In a couple years, I’d like to turn tackle football into a reality in my own community for girls.
I’ve also teamed up with some local organizations here in my community to be an advocate for domestic violence survivors. It’s important to know that 1 in 3 women are victims of domestic violence, and I believe we can change that number through empowering our young girls through sports.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give girls growing up today?
I have so much wisdom from my experience that I could pour into some girls growing up today, I could write a book!
First of all, you have to keep your own dreams and aspirations. Don’t ever let someone change your knowledge of your journey that’s in your heart.
Secondly, always remember that we all fall down. It’s the grace in getting back up that will forever define your character. So always get back up and have gratitude for the lesson.
Lastly, never lose your voice. Don’t ever let somebody shut down what you have to speak about.
You can change the whole world with what you have to contribute.
Believe in yourself.
Who is your (s)hero and how did/ does she inspire you?
I have so many strong women that I look up to and that I aspire to be like.
Strong women surround us.
They’re everywhere you look.
My main hero, however, is my mother. She taught me to have a firm handshake, to demand respect, to hold your head high, and always be proud of your achievements by slaying the goal of excellence.
If you want to see Allie and the Seattle Majestics in action, you can purchase your tickets HERE. There are home games at Kent-Meridian High School (French Field) on April 27th and May 4th with kickoff set for 6PM both days. If you aren’t local to the Greater Seattle area, but want to see these amazing women playing football – you’re in luck! The WNFC recently joined forces with USCREEN and announced “WNFCTV.” Check out more information and watch the games live HERE.