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Indianapolis, January 9, 2003
Ginger Marshall Chosen For Women's Football "Pro Bowl"
Local Woman Works as Mild-Mannered Legal Assistant By Day
A shy and soft-spoken legal assistant in Indianapolis has been selected to play football in The Women's Football Association Pro Bowl, held February 1 in Orlando.
Ginger Marshall, 27, plays the position of defensive safety with the Indianapolis Vipers, a local professional football team composed of women. Her Pro Bowl nomination is an honor similar to an All-Star selection; coaches throughout the league made the picks based on league-wide statistics.
Legal work and football mix pretty well for Ginger. For five years, she's assisted at local law firm Lewis & Kappes. After her fulltime day job there, she endures long practices three evenings a week, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Riverside Park. "It gets pretty cold," she notes. "There's been some attrition."
Ginger has played rugby for the past 8 or 9 years and has always been athletic. A friend on the Vipers got her involved with the team. This is her first season with the Vipers, a team that's now in its second season. They play their home games at Arlington High School.
The 8 and 2 Vipers had a great season this year, under coach K.C. Carter, even though "a couple of those victories were forfeits."
A Seymour, Indiana native, Ginger played college rugby at Ball State while she earned her degree in legal administration. She's single and lives near downtown.
At 5'6" and 135 lbs., Ginger is one of the smallest players on the team. Her teammates range from 18 years old up to mid-40's, and many of them are mothers. "There are some pretty good athletes on the team," Ginger says. Although the team is technically professional, there's not yet been enough surplus money to pay the players. The bulk of their sponsorship money goes toward traveling expenses. Away games (via bus or van, not plane) take the Vipers to Jacksonville, FL; Birmingham, AL; and other points south.
Ginger says she loves working at Lewis & Kappes and would not foresee leaving the firm for a career in sports. Her coworkers at the firm "think it's great" that she plays football, even though she doesn't talk too much about it. Even when she came to work with a walking cast, after a stress fracture of her ankle, she didn't explain her injury in football terms. "I don't really like all the hoopla." Yet her skill on the gridiron has now attracted the attention of coaches throughout the league, as evidenced by her Pro Bowl honor.
"We're breaking ground with this team," she says. "Hopefully we can one day build it into something similar to the WNBA."
For more information, check out www.indianapolisvipers.com or Ginger Marshall at (317) 639-1210.