We Are the Troopers (2023) tells the story of the Toledo Troopers, the most successful team in the National Women’s Football League (NWFL). The world premiere of this must-see documentary will be screened at the 47th Cleveland International Film Fest (CIFF) at 4:50 p.m. on March 25 at Playhouse Square's KeyBank State Theatre, as well as April 2-9 online.
From 1971 until the league was sold off, these women from all walks of life and ethnicities dominated the sport and made history as the winningest team in professional football history.
If you’re an Ohio football fan, you probably know that this state has produced some of the most successful football players and coaches in the NFL, but that's not the full story. What you may not know is that Ohio is the birthplace of the Women’s Professional Football League, and the Toledo Troopers hold the record for the most championship titles in women’s football history.
A captivating collage of stories from former players and supporters, WE ARE THE TROOPERS, looks back on the winningest team in NWFL history and highlights the history, struggles and triumphs of these local legends, starting in 1971—a time when there were very few female sports opportunities. Although at times an uphill battle, this crew of strong women would beat the odds through hard work, perseverance, and love of the game.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is a proud community partner of CIFF 47 for We Are the Troopers.
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The film is presented in part of GCSC's Velocity initiative to support and maximize the community impact of hosting some of the most significant events in sports, including 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four, and highlights diversity and inclusion issues in the lives of athletes.
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