Now, the Steelers are aiming to make an impact in western Pennsylvania, which is music to the ears of Ambridge's Felicia Mycyk.
With more women getting involved with football across the country from a playing, coaching and scouting standpoint, Mycyk — who has been at the forefront of change when it comes to women in sports in the area and currently serves as an assistant coach for the Ambridge varsity football team — is building a flag football team in Ambridge.
Mycyk previously played tackle football as a starting cornerback and has over a decade of experience coaching local football teams. Last September, Mycyk hosted the first-ever all-girls football camp at Walter Panek Park in Beaver County. Now, she's getting the chance to coach her own all-girls flag football team as a club/activities program at the high school level.
"This is just a terrific opportunity for young girls who want to play football and want to learn more about the game," Mycyk said. "My first thought when I heard the Steelers were putting together a league was, 'man, I wish we had that in high school.' I was a cheerleader in high school, did all the traditional girl-type things you'd do in high school.
"When we were able to play flag football back then, it was kind of tongue-in-cheek, something cute for girls to play flag football for a day," Mycyk added. "So having this opportunity to make it into a season for girls is huge, because there's only so many sports that your school can offer for girls."
Though the league is still in the early stages and area schools are still trying to determine the interest levels from high school girls to field teams, Mycyk said that within 10 minutes of showing up to Ambridge High School, she received enough interest from eligible girls to field a roster.
This article by Joshua Carney originally appeared in the Beaver County Times