On Aug. 3, the Sweet Lady Kickers Summer Kickball League for women between the ages of 21 and 50 will begin at Hidden Valley Park in Stockbridge after originating in DeKalb County, thanks to the vision of Kassandra Domineck.
“There are a lot of women in the area that never had the opportunity to join a kickball league and [Commissioner] Bruce [Holmes] had been asking me for a while to come that way,” Domineck said. “We were so well received by Hidden Valley Park. It’s a really nice park. I was like why not.”
The players involved will be on uniquely named teams Martini Mobb, Liquid Kiss, Lemondrop Lovers and Stallion Divas, and roll, kick and throw a pink ball on Saturdays over the course of a 10-week season.
“It will give the women in the area a chance to participate in something that will allow them to exercise,” Domineck said. “Also give them a place to network and have an outlet of their own.”
Some of the women set to compete in the league are Cheyvonne Greenway, Demetra Daniels and Regina Spikes of McDonough.
“It is a great opportunity for women to get together and enjoy themselves, get some exercise and get in shape,” said Spikes, who was encouraged to play by a friend and will compete in a league for the first time.
“This also gives women the opportunity to do all [the things wives and mothers do] but then take a few hours out of the day for themselves,” Domineck said. “Beat the stress. Build new friendships and reconnect with friends.”
Back in 2011, Domineck, who lives in Stone Mountain, decided she didn’t want to spend Sundays after church sleeping or just doing the norm of movies, shopping, dining, and so on, so she contacted a number of friends and they began playing kickball at Gresham Park in Decatur.
Then she decided to make it more marketable with referees, a disc jockey and a commentator, and her idea manifested into an official league.
“It’s easier to kick a ball than it is to hit a softball,” Domineck said. “It brings back childhood memories.”
During Labor Day weekend, the Sweet Lady Kickers will have a three-day tournament. Men will then have an opportunity to get involved on Sunday, when there will be co-ed competition.