The Women's Gridiron Foundation offers football program start-up guidance, clinics, and unique events that aim to close the gender gap in the sport of American football. We educate, connect and empower young women around the world to a place of greater self-worth and healthy self-esteem while simultaneously increasing awareness of, and participation in, the women's game on a global scale.
WGF supports girls and women worldwide in believing that they can achieve their dreams - with dignity, self-respect, confidence and fearlessness.
Celebrating Tinoi Jones
WGF's Inaugural Woman of The Year Honoree
Tinoi is an Outside Linebacker, Defensive End and a Captain for the Washington Prodigy Women's Tackle Football Team. Known as a compassionate, commanding leader by her team mates, she has been playing the game for over 5 years.
Off the field, Tino’I has always had a heart for service. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her master’s in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, Tino’I began her career in mental health as a behavioral specialist and community support worker. She supervised patients, taught them essential life skills, and helped rekindle and repair family relationships. After obtaining her counseling license Tino’I advanced to clinical supervision, eventually working as a counselor and clinician for D.C. public schools. The stars aligned when she worked at DCPS; her school decided to form a girls’ flag team shortly after she started. Tino’I was head coach of their girls’ flag team for almost four years.
Currently Tino’I serves as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health, where she provides mental health consultation services to early childhood care facilities for children from birth to age 5, involving a wide range of complex psychosocial and developmental issues, and directly provides prevention and early intervention services for children and families. Tino’I is also an on-call overnight clinical supervisor for Catholic Charities. That’s right; Tino’I works in the community during the day, practices and plays football in the evenings, and then provides clinician guidance through the night. She has quite literally devoted her life to service, leadership, and teamwork.
Our foundation will be flying Tinoi to Canton, OH where she will receive her award at the Pro Football Hall of Fame complex on Saturday July 9th.
We will also be donating $500 to her not-for-profit charity of choice, Fostering Life.
Hard Work - It's Worth it! PSA
TAASA - Break The Box
Diversity is Our Strength PSA
H.K. Poet - Let Her Play PSA
It's More Than a Game
"TACKLE THE WORLD - Tough Game, Tougher Women" is a documentary look at the second-ever Women's tackle football World Championships held in Vantaa, Finland in 2013.
Women from six countries competed in a world tournament that crowned a record-setting champion. It also marked another shift in the evolution of female team sports. The challenges and barriers these women have had to overcome to participate at the highest level of their sport will inspire and move you to action.
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