The Boston Renegades, the city’s Women’s Football Alliance team, is headed to its third straight national championship game in Canton, Ohio, on July 24.
As they are in pursuit of their sixth trophy in franchise history, it is only fitting that they arrive in six-time champion style.
Robert Kraft surprised Renegades owner Molly Goodwin and star receiver Adrienne Smith on a video call Tuesday morning with a special offer.
“Not if, Mr. Kraft,” Smith said. “When we win.”
Both Smith and Goodwin showed their shock on their faces. While the offer itself is appreciated, it gives the team a chance to travel together for the first time this season. Because of the pandemic, the team hasn’t been able to spend much time together outside of practice. With players working day jobs and coming from all over to play — like Smith commuting from New York City for games and practices — it’s a chance to bond before their biggest game of the season.
“This year, we couldn’t even afford to get a bus,” Goodwin said. “We have that time to work together at the hotel and meetings, but that’s so serious. The bus tends to be a little bit player-centric, where they get some time together away from family, friends and the other team … We couldn’t even do that this year. To me, there’s just nothing like team building and time together … I can’t even express how cool this will be.”