Kimberly Kleese, who celebrated her 27th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, may have been born with the luck of the Irish, but luck had nothing to do with Kleese earning a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Sami Grisafe wears two very different hats in her professional life.
The first is as a professional musician. Grisafe, 27, recently received the Chicago Music Award for Best Rock Entertainer and will play a couple of shows in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2013.
The second hat is actually a helmet. Grisafe, a quarterback for the Chicago Force of the Women’s Football Alliance, is one of 45 women who was selected to play for the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team in football.
Class is in session in the new school of football. The focus is on teaching kids a safer way to tackle, easing the fears of parents alarmed enough about concussions to ask whether their sons should play at all and ensuring a now-thriving game has a future.
The faculty began taking shape here over the weekend. It includes Chuck Kyle, who in 30 seasons as coach at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland has won 11 Ohio state titles and twice been named USA TODAY’s National High School Coach of the Year.