Women’s Sports Teams Unite with Inaugural Calendar Fundraiser

For the first time ever, five Cleveland women’s sports organizations have come together to not only launch a collaborative fundraiser, but also to spread the word about the various athletic opportunities available in northeast Ohio. 

Leadership within the Burning River Roller Derby, Cleveland Crush basketball, Cleveland Comets softball, Cleveland Fusion football, and Cleveland Iron Maidens rugby teams sat down in July 2018 to discuss their challenges, goals, and what a potential partnership could look like. 

The teams represent a range of competitive, semi-pro, and professional leagues, but it was clear that despite the differences in size, structure, and demographic, they all have similar hardships and long-term aspirations. The big question ultimately became: “How do we leverage each other’s fan bases and resources to help players and offer the best possible game day experiences?” 

The 2019 Cleveland Women’s Sports calendar emerged from these conversations, with the goal to spread awareness about all five teams and to show the community what athletic avenues are out there, no matter your age, gender, race, or ability. 

“These women are the epitome of success through adversity. So many of them work full-time, have families, and travel long distances for the sake of their sport, so it is important that we give them the recognition they deserve,” explained Elise Bigley, Cleveland Fusion Director of Marketing. “This calendar is a chance to highlight these athletes and display their true caliber all year round.” 

Calendars can be ordered online here or by contacting the teams at contact@clevelandwomenssports.com . 

Episode 1- Fusion Podcast

Introducing a brand new podcast about Cleveland Women’s Sports, focusing first on the professional women’s tackle football team, the Cleveland Fusion. 

Chris Barna of North Royalton is pursuing a career in broadcasting through the Ohio Media School. He has started this podcast out of a passion for increasing exposure for women’s athletics. The Eye on Fusion is just the beginning in this series, showcasing the stories of those within the Cleveland Fusion organization.

Take a listen to the first episode of the Eye on Fusion featuring Fusion owner, TJ Monachino below.


Eye on Fusion- Ep. 1 ft. TJ Monachino

Episode 2 with Fusion, Director of Marketing, Elise Bigley

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T.J. Monachino, Cleveland Fusion owner

Recap- Signing Day for 2019 Season

On Saturday, October 13th, the Cleveland Fusion hosted fans, friends, and family at Mulberry’s Cleveland to meet the returning veterans and rookies for our 2019 season! Mayor of Maple Heights, Annette Blackwell, even stopped by to visit, as Maple Heights has been our home for the past several seasons.

At the event itself, we had 18 veteran Fusion players commit, as well as 2 veteran football players joining us from other teams, and 15 rookies! All of these athletes come from unique backgrounds and across Northeast Ohio to be a part of this incredible movement.

Strength and conditioning begins now, with practices starting this January. We are adding players every week and welcome all to contact us for more information on joining our team. The Cleveland Fusion 2019 season promises to be one of growth, hard hits, and lots of fun! 2019 National Championship, here we come!


Photos by Tiffany Kalipersaud and Michelle Herdlick




Signing Day for 2019 Season

Want to get a sneak peek of what you can expect to see on the field this 2019 season? Check out our Signing Day event and meet all of the veterans and rookie athletes committed to the Cleveland Fusion for this upcoming spring!

Join us Saturday, October 13th from 3:30-7PM at Mulberry’s Cleveland for football, fun, and refreshments. Bring the whole family to meet your favorite player, test your luck with our raffle baskets, and pick up some of the latest Fusion apparel!

Food and alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.