WAGS Redefined is a voice and community for the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. We are a faith-based media and publishing company devoted to displaying a different side of pro athlete wives, fiancées, and girlfriends than what is typically advertised in the media.
Our mission is to promote positive images of women and players of the various sport leagues, while connecting, inspiring, educating, and empowering our audience. We desire to influence our community by changing the conversation.
When WAGS Redefined creator LeShonda Martin Googled “NFL wives” in July of 2015, she did it with the intent of finding an organization of wives to connect with. To her dismay, not only did she fail to find a group for wives, but the only results were articles of someone’s opinion on the hottest and prettiest wives and girlfriends of the league. In fact, the number one result on Google was “28 Hottest Wives of the NFL” and there were dozens more with similar titles. This was discouraging to Martin, and she sought out to make a change within her community. Thus, WAGS Redefined was born. Martin desires for WAGSRedefined.com to be the #1 search result for all things positive and substantial concerning the significant others of professional athletes.
A note from our founder...
Eye candy. Gold digger. Trophy wife. - Labels like these.
“Stay in the kitchen.” “Keep your mouth shut.” “Looking for a come up.” “Nothing going for herself.” - Judgments like these (and from sports “fans”, too).
This is the reason for WAGS Redefined.
We are called to spread love and light in a world of darkness. Yet, when I googled “NFL wives” on the Internet in 2015, the only results I found were articles on the hottest wives and girlfriends of the NFL, according to random individuals. Guess what? You’ll see the same results for “NBA wives”, “MLB wives”, “NHL wives” etcetera. Don’t get me wrong, these ladies are in fact eye candy…but we’re soul food too. Many are excellent mothers holding down the home, often feeling like a single parent due to grueling sports schedules that keep the men away. Some are professional athletes or former collegiate athletes themselves, possibly more talented than their partners. Several are business owners, doctors, lawyers; WAGS are women with longstanding and successful careers. Shouldn’t I find a representation of that somewhere front and center?
There is an increasing need to remind people that professional athlete families are real people, with positive stories of RESILIENCE and VICTORY. It is my pleasure to shed light on a side of the women and players of sport leagues that is rarely portrayed in the media. My focus is on the women (the WAGS) whose voices often go unheard. I hope to empower WAGS to share their stories in efforts to change the media’s discussion and to connect with other women in a similar space.
Everyone has a story. This is ours.
We are actively redefining what it means to be a “WAG”. For most people, WAGS has referred to wives and girlfriends of professional athletes, and the stereotypes are not positive ones. We are REDEFINING the term WAGS to show you who we really are, and extraordinary women we are.
- LESHONDA MARTIN
LeShonda Martin, Founder
LeShonda Martin is the founder and editor of WAGS Redefined. She is originally from Indiana and currently resides in Duluth, Georgia with her husband, veteran defensive back and current free agent, Sherrod Martin. The pair recently welcomed their son Jayce to the world in July and have two English bulldogs. After years of schooling and working different jobs with menial tasks, Martin found herself asking more important questions like “What is my purpose?” WAGSRedefined.com is part of her platform to impact lives and create opportunities for others. She is a founding member and Deputy Director of the Professional Football Wives Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for NFL wives, fiancees, and girlfriends. Martin has a degree in Psychology from Emory University and a Master's in Sports Administration from Georgia State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, listening to podcasts, writing, traveling, playing sports, and spreading The Good News.
Angelica Palacios is no stranger to the athletic arena. She graduated from Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, where she met and ran track with her fiancé Tevin Mitchel of the Indianapolis Colts. However, it was her insatiable love for soccer that would ultimately direct her destiny. She started playing recreational soccer at the age of four, then later through select leagues from age 12 through high school. She began her college career in 2010 at Ouachita Baptist University where she quickly earned a starting position her Freshman year. During a drill her sophomore year, she obtained a head injury that forced her to retire from the sport that so passionately drove her. This incident inspired Palacios to join forces with three college football players in leading the fight to protect all college athletes suffering from head injuries. The athletes filed a suit requesting that the NCAA be held responsible for creating and enforcing a standard concussion policy for all NCAA schools. Over the three year period, eight other male athletes joined them in a victorious battle that no less than changed college sports forever. Palacios remained the only female advocate.
She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with Mitchel and their two beautiful children. Palacios defines herself as woman of God whose most vital role is currently being a full-time stay at home mom to 2 year-old son Jayden and 6 month old daughter Ariana. Though motherhood is what brings her the greatest fulfillment, she is thrilled to be a part of the WAGS team. Her goal is to be a living example for the redefinition of “WAGS” as well as a devoted contributor to WAGS Redefined.
Nicole Camak is a Beauty Guru with Cosmetic Product development and International Marketing under her belt. A proud graduate of The University of Baltimore where she majored in Marketing. Born and raised in Baltimore Maryland by French Canadian and Irish mother and African American,Native America and Irish father. She promotes beauty from within first and encourages beauty lovers to be creative with their makeup. She’s sharing and spilling her most beloved quality products and fly wardrobe finds on her new Style & Beauty youtube channel. She’s also the beloved girlfriend of New York Jets Saftey Marcus Gilchrist (#21) and mommy to their 7 month year old daughter Sophia. Nicole’s goal in life is to inspire women to be the best version of themselves with the help of Beauty and Fashion of course!
Annie has been training for five years and has a passion for Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness. With a certification from Knocked-Up Fitness, she focuses on healthy, strong Moms before, during, and after pregnancy. After moving to Jacksonville wither her husband, Carson Tinker, Annie built a client base with a wide arrange of needs including extreme weight loss and high-risk pregnancy. Tailoring her training to the exact need of the client allows her to use a, “More patience, less yelling” approach to fitness. Along with training and recovery Annie is currently working on her Doula Certification.
Diana Holmes is a Midwestern girl living in Oakland, California with her husband, Andre, and son, Micah (1). Andre is a six-year vet currently playing for The Oakland Raiders.The two met at Hillsdale College, where Diana obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She loves the platform WAGS Redefined created for women associated with athletes.
Brandy Michelle Ford formally founded Game Changers 180 during the 2011 NFL training season. Game Changers 180 started from the weekly sending of encouragement and prayer emails to the NFL and CFL players in her circle. It then developed into players asking if they could share the emails with teammates and friends. From there, Brandy launched a full sports ministry, recognizing the void in the sports world for guys who need regular pouring into, encouragement, prayer and guidance in their walk with God.
As a former athlete and student athletic trainer, Brandy has been in and around the athletic world for over 20 years, and doing ministry with athletes for over 16 years. While attending Mississippi State University, she was a Chaplain for both football and track and field. While attending Alcorn State University, she was part of a core team that started a chapter of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). She has been licensed in ministry since 2003 and was ordained as a minister in 2014 under Pastors Michael and Barbara Ford, Ambassadors for Christ Ministries International, Inc.
Brandy received her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, Management and International Business from MSU. After completing her undergraduate studies, she attended the Atlanta School of Massage and obtained a certification in Neuromuscular/Clinical Massage Therapy.
She has a sincere love and passion for God and sports.
To find out more about Brandy Ford and Game Changers 180 please visit, www.gamechangers180.com
Dominique Sensabaugh is the wife to New York Giants Defensive Back, Coty Sensabaugh. As a native of Columbia, South Carolina, she is a proud graduate of Clemson University and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As the Founder and Creative Director of Refined Precision Consultants, she specializes in public relations, planning and facilitating corporate charity events, philanthropic endeavors, fundraising campaigns and social media marketing marketing. She is a certified yoga instructor who loves a great outdoor workout and a young philanthropist whose mission in life is to do God’s work and inspire her peers to positively impact the world.
My name is Marissa Allen and I am the wife of current Houston Texans Offensive Lineman, Jeff Allen. We have a beautiful daughter named Joy Elise. This is our fourth season in the NFL. I attended the University of Illinois on a soccer scholarship where I obtained a degree in Marketing. Upon graduation, I moved to Kansas City to support my husband and started a blog about our lives and my daily musings. It blossomed into a food blog where I publish football foods, quick dinner ideas, and a few desserts. I also have a passion for photography and have intentions of starting a business in the near future. I love how a picture can immortalize a moment that might have otherwise been forgotten. We are so fortunate to be in our current position and I just love how my camera can help document all of these once in a lifetime experiences.
My name is Anjelica Ruiz. I was born and raised in a small military town in southern Georgia. In 2011, I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Prior to graduating college, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. During that time, I dedicated much of my time to studying God’s Word and transforming my behaviors and habits to become an emotionally and physically healthy young woman.
I am engaged to Super Bowl Champion (Seattle Seahawks) James Carpenter, who currently plays Left Guard for the NY Jets. We met two years ago & ever since, we have been working together on creating our happily-ever-after. He is my best friend, he’s also from Georgia, and also a Christian. Together we enjoy watching TV shows, taking trips to the city, trying new restaurants and spending time with our families. We aspire to purchase our dream home and raise our family in Duluth, Ga.
As a Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor, my mission is to create a welcoming atmosphere for people of all walks of life. I aim to establish healthy relationships with gym members and clients where they can feel comfortable expressing their goals, fears and weaknesses, as well as sharing their triumphs and successes. I aspire to help people intertwine Faith and Fitness in their journey to a healthy lifestyle.
I believe that at the end of my life, I will be more satisfied with the lives I’ve touched and the people I’ve helped along the way than the things I have acquired. Through Christ, I was transformed and through Christ I am able to help others overcome their fears, redirect their lives and achieve goals that would otherwise seem impossible. I consider my position of service a blessing and I look forward to being a dedicated contributor to the WAGS site.
Tenisha Patterson Brown
Brown is a Sports Attorney and Business Manager for Professional Athletes, entrepreneur, and avid philanthropist. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and English in 2007, and her Master of Science in Sports Management in 2008 from The Florida State University. She also earned her Juris Doctorate in 2012 from Charlotte School of Law and is licensed to practice in the State of Florida. She owns her own practice, Definitive Sports Representation, and co-owns two businesses, Tropical Smoothie Café and Charlotte Luxury Rentals, with her husband. She serves as Executive Director of her and her husband’s foundation, the Everette Brown Bag Foundation that is geared towards helping children and their families get active and learn about proper nutrition. She is also a founding member and serves as Executive Director and In-House Counsel of Professional Football Wives Association, Inc., a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and an active blogger on her website www.fiercefabulousflawless.com. Her husband, Everette is a 7 year veteran and current free agent defensive end/outside linebacker in the NFL. They reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with their three rambunctious pups Coupe, Carolina & Pebbles.
Sara Hood is a Jacksonville based professional Makeup Artist. She is married to Ziggy Hood, a 7 year NFL vet, and is a mother of two young boys. Four years ago, Sara decided after many terrible experiences at makeup counters that she would teach herself the art of makeup. This was a difficult feat for a woman who hails herself as the least artistic woman on the planet. With tons of practice on herself and brave friends, she realized she had a knack for this very addicting art. She has been a professional makeup artist for the last two years. Watching the transformation, expression, and confidence a woman feels when she sees herself in makeup is the reason Sara loves her job. She doesn’t believe in using makeup to change or hide oneself, but rather to enhance and embrace flaws and all the beauty a woman possesses.
TV Host, Writer, Producer Biography
With confidence, journalist Angel Elliott brings edge, impact, and unfettered truth to her news coverage. She started at BET News, producing news interstitials, specials, and live election coverage. By 20 she had already written and produced a documentary on the network, "Yes We Can: The Obama Speech Special." She is apart of the team that produced the NAACP Image Award winning election coverage, "The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States;" and co-created, wrote and reported for the NABJ Award nominated, BET You(th) Vote!
As a producer and reporter for BET, and a BET.com host, she spear-headed content ideation and package creation, live reporting during to elections, culturally significant news events and uncovering untold stories. She also served as a host on the red carpet for award shows and show premieres.
She's a respected writer, covering topics from music to politics, pop culture to social issues for national publications like Complex Magazine, Vibe, and The Examiner.
Angel serves as a guest panelist for national conferences on media and interactive innovation. Angel is an ardent champion of environmental conservation, and is a member of the D.C. based Oceana, an oceans advocacy non-profit. She also started Pretty Girls Hike, a group who’s philanthropic mission is to bring girls to the woods, and build in them confidence and self-determination.
She currently works as an investigative reporter and producer for The Real News Network.
Ashley Nichole Ball was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the wife of Marcus Ball, safety for the Carolina Panthers. Marcus has been in the NFL for 3 years. They share a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Marley. They currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. The couple met at Florida State University where Ashley received a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Prior to graduation she worked at Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan, New York where she was able to expand her fashion knowledge into the bridal industry. Ashley has a real passion for fashion and her knowledge stems from the manufacturing of fabrics to the distribution of merchandise. Working as a stay at home mom for the past 3 years, Ashley has been able to focus on motherhood, fitness, and furthering her fashion career. Ashley has also been a natural hair care advocate for the past 11 years. She is excited to become a fashion, beauty and natural hair contributor for WAGS Redefined.
Briana Gilbreath Butler is a native Texan and an ex-WNBA player who has a passion for food and everything that comes with it. She holds a B.A. in Human Performance, a minor in Health Promotion and Nutrition and is currently in graduate school to become a Registered Dietitian. While playing basketball domestically and internationally having travelled to more than ten different countries over a four year span, Briana and her sister Stefanie started a food blog and developed the idea to start their own food business. Since she stopped traveling, she and her sister launched a performance meal preparation company out of the Houston Area called, Power Portions, that caters to professional athletes of all sports. She also served time as interim Sports Nutritionist at SMU and currently holds a Nutrition Intern position at EXOS sports performance in Frisco, Texas. She is the wife of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
Brice Butler, and both are University of Southern California Alumni who love their Lord and savior Jesus Christ, love family, love to travel and love to eat good food!
Grace Allen is the other half to husband Ricardo Allen, mama to their soulful son Luca James, and fur mama to their two pups. As the wife to a man that is chasing and living his dreams, a new mother, and the woman behind Body Design by Grace (BDxG), some would say that she wears many different hats. Loving and supporting a man whose world involves all things football is no easy feat, but Grace believes that there is nothing more important, or rewarding.
Grace’s perfect day would include a few minutes of quiet first thing in the morning (it’s impossible to serve and love others from an empty vessel), followed by a workout (she is a certified personal trainer and barre instructor), coffee or lunch with friends, a trip to whole foods (her guilty pleasure), and end the day with a quiet evening at home cooking dinner with her family. Grace believes that life is all about balance-- eating the chocolate when your heart needs it, and the green juice when your body needs it, kind of thing.
Grace is a proud graduate of Purdue University where she earned her Bachelors in Health Sciences and Master of Public Health. Purdue will always hold a special place in Grace’s heart for the fact that she and Ricardo met and fell in love there. The Allen’s now live in Atlanta, Georgia where Ricardo plays free safety for the Atlanta Falcons. Grace is so excited to join the WAGS Redefined team so that she can inspire and be inspired by, all of the other amazing women who live this crazy, beautiful, life of the NFL! Follow her daily adventures on Instagram @grace.e.allen and be on the lookout for her upcoming posts!
Jacquelyn Butler is a Georgia Peach who lives in The Valley of the Sun. She graduated from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) as a journalism major and worked for NBC including the TODAY Show. She is obsessed with her dog, quotes, and anything and everything radiating positivity. Her best friend and husband, Drew Butler, is the Punter for the Arizona Cardinals.
Kristel David is the wife to retired NFL Vet & Super Bowl Champ, Jason David, and mama to 4 queens. She is currently a working stay at home mom running her two businesses. She is the owner and creator of Wife Complex, in which she inspires women to discover their inner Fox, unique God-given talents and to never lose themselves to becoming a wife, mama and/or career woman. She is also a Marketing Director for Juice Plus, a healthy living company.
This is why she is the perfect woman to be Director of Health & Wellness for WAGS Redefined Health. Through her role she helps inspire the wives in our community, and those who we impact day to day, to holistically take control of their health now. She believes in practicing prevention and reversing ailing statistics that affect our families and our kids as well as properly fueling our athlete's bodies for optimal performance, injury prevention and recovery!
Kristel graduated from Purdue University with a major in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and a minor in African American Studies. She is a philanthropist through her roles as an Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman, Vice President of her husband's Foundation, Jason David's Corner Foundation, as well as serving on the Abundant Business Leaders Ministry at her church.
Kristel believes in doing things that feed your soul as a woman, so outside of all of the above she keeps up with the interests and priorities that she enjoys. She loves going to church, riding her bike, traveling, listening to self-development audios, attending seminars, hosting events for family & friends, and of course eating good food! Who doesn't?
Jessica Monique Trufant, (born August 12, 1982) is wife to former Seattle Seahawks Cornerback, Marcus Trufant. The couple was fortunate to spend all ten years of Marcus' NFL career in their hometown of Seattle, WA. Jessica and Marcus have been married for eight years and have been blessed with five beautiful children, Karmyn (10), Kimora (7), Kennedi (6), Kassidy (2) and Kashius (1). Jessica is described to be vibrant, honest, sassy, fashionable and nothing short of fabulous. In her downtime you can find her at the local athletic club, attending a room-mom meeting at the kids' school, or writing her latest funny story about the kids or an old NFL memory. Jessica is very passionate about her "storytelling." As a child, a teacher once gave her the nickname, "Motormouth," and that forever stuck. Jessica believes that her openness and ability to share her experiences with people through storytelling is a gift. She explains, "If I can help one person, inspire just one person with my words, it's all worth it to me." She has recently taken it one step further and started a very informative, fun and honest lifestyle blog. The blog, FabVMom.com, shares Jessica's life experiences and one-on-one thoughts about marriage, makeup, motherhood and more.
Jasmine is a recent Masters graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a wife, mother, and freelance writer. She previously spent three seasons living in Texas chasing educational and career goals while her partner, Fozzy, lived in other states pursuing his career in the NFL. She now resides in Charlotte with her husband, a running back for the Carolina Panthers, and their son. The two are expecting their second child any day!
Kimberly is married to NFL kicker Caleb Sturgis. Caleb is entering his fourth year in the League. Kimberly and Caleb met in college at the University of Florida, where Kimberly was a Cheerleader for the Florida Gators and completed a degree in Business Management. Kimberly is a Professional Fitness Coach and has taught a wide range of fitness classes. Kimberly currently busies herself with operating her own online business, Clothed in Strength, which sells Christian Fitness Clothing for women. She enjoys encouraging women and meeting new people. Kimberly and Caleb are expecting their first little one due in March 2017!
Keisha Sullivan is a Realtor who specializes in athlete and corporate relocation. She is engaged to Super Bowl Champion and 8-year NFL veteran, free agent Jameel McClain. Over the past 10 years, she has developed an impressive list of high profile clients which include members of the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets, Anastasia Beverly Hills and RocNation organizations. She provides concierge real estate services including but not limited to movers, real estate attorneys, interior decorators, and housekeepers. Keisha is currently licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Maryland with partners in Los Angeles and The Hamptons. In addition to real estate, Keisha runs “53 Families” a foundation founded by she and her fiancé Jameel. They work closely with the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club of America sponsoring several events each year. (www.53FamiliesFoundation.org)
I was grateful to be asked to write for such a welcoming and supportive community of like-minded women. I’m excited to be able to share my professional expertise (self-proclaimed Social Media Guru) as well as all things lifestyle in my travels back and forth from Orange County, CA and Charlotte, NC (Insta: @OCtoQC #OCtoQC).
I am a 4th generation Laguna Beach native and I attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where I received my B.A. in Art History. I founded my own social media company in Charlotte, NC in 2009 and worked with clients ranging from Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crown collection and ESPN Radio to local restaurants and boutiques. In 2011 I had the opportunity to join the LA team of a New York based Fashion-Finance firm. I took a risk, moved to LA and worked my way up to an Assistant Vice President. I learned a tremendous amount working with hundreds of thetop brands in the fashion industry ranging from start-ups to companies with over $100 million in revenue. I became the youngest female member of the Board of Directors of the CFCC (Commercial Finance Conference of California), Executive Board Member of The Professional Club (the oldest networking group in Los Angeles), and Council Member of the Fashion & Retail group for City of Hope.
Five years later and burned out from corporate finance, despite the success I was having in my professional life, I did not feel fulfilled with what I was doing. This is when I knew I needed a change, regardless of how difficult it might be leaving an industry I was once so passionate about and that was comfortable. I took some time, prayed, and handed it over to God. I have since re-launched my social media company, Status Social Relations, with a strong sense of purpose and commitment to helping grow brands and businesses that I truly believe in. I am happy to be a resource to anyone with questions regarding social media and how to use it most effectively wether it be personally or professionally.
In my free time you will find me with my family, friends, boyfriend (Jonathan Stewart, @Panthers #GodFirst #keeppounding), cooking + scouring the food scene of any city that I’m traveling to (and Instagraming it for #BratalieBites), hiking/playing tennis/anything outdoors (so I can continue to scour aforementioned food scene), listening to good music, at a beach, reading, and continuing to grow stronger in my faith each and every day.
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Nikki is the busy and devoted wife of retired NFL vet, Rashad Baker and the loving mother of their son, Joshua. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from George Mason University and her Master’s degree in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Not only is she the manager of a Clinical Education department in the UNC Healthcare system, but she’s also a “boss” in the kitchen! With the determination to safely manage her son’s multiple food allergies and a passion for cooking, she developed her blog; AllergiesAndAll.com- a site dedicated to her goals of sharing tasty, allergy-friendly recipes and spreading food allergy awareness. On most days you will find her reading food labels, cooking allergy-friendly foods and answering work emails…often at the same time!
Valeria Williams, an Attorney licensed to practice law, is from Cottonport, Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern University A&M College, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Louisiana State University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Southern University Law Center. Most recently, Valeria has obtained a LL.M in Tax Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Through her Masters of Law program, Valeria accepted the opportunity to work as a legal intern for Joel Osteen’s corporate legal department at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. As a legal intern, Valeria worked with in-house counsels as a Christian lawyer, gaining notable experience representing a religious tax-exempt organization with the largest congregation in America!!! After many years and experiences of overcoming obstacles, Valeria has found a sincere purpose in empowering and encouraging women! She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a former beauty pageant winner who began competing at the age of 7 years old. In 2006, Valeria won the title of Miss Black Louisiana U.S., she won several preliminary titles in the Miss Louisiana America (Miss America System) and Miss Louisiana USA (Miss USA/ Miss Universe System), and she concluded her pageant career as First Runner Up to Miss Louisiana USA in October 2011. As an entrepreneur, Valeria opened her own consulting firm in February 2015, called The WV Firm, LLC. The WV Firm works diligently to help aspiring business owners develop their personal brand and become a legally established entity. It also works with community organizations, foundations, and ministries to become incorporated as non-profit organizations and established as 501(c)(3) tax exempt. In her life experiences, Valeria has learned a wealth of information on how to stay encouraged during the trials of different circumstances, and to stay rooted in the one true source of prosperity…..God! She is an avid Christian who believes good things can result from bad experiences. Valeria devotes a significant amount of her time to consulting, blogging on her own site https://valeriawilliams.wordpress.com, and writing to share her life stories, in hopes of encouraging women, to help bring a source of light to their darkest moments.
I am a wife and mother with a passion for sharing my faith, the real-life stories behind raising my little ones and what this NFL life means for my family. With me, I hope what you see is a journey unraveled to show God's provision and grace, tied into the controlled chaos that is football. Which leads me to my Husband, Trey Burton! We were married on 12/12/12 in our junior year of College at the University of Florida. Currently, Trey is a Tight End for the Philadelphia Eagles but when the helmet is hung we reside in sunny south Florida. I’m new to writing; I started as a way to share my testimony with friends and family when I launched toddlersandtouchdowns.com which led me to the amazing opportunity to join the team here at WAGS Redefined! Thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you!
Xia Chekwa, pronounced Cia, is married to Chimdi Chekwa of the Miami Dolphins. Xia calls Akron, OH her hometown, but has called many cities home because she was relocated often during her childhood due to parents serving in the US Army. Since completing her undergraduate degree in Journalism from THE Ohio State University, Xia went on to earn two master’s degrees-Mass Communications from Texas Tech University and Business Administration from the University of Miami.
Xia loves everything Ohio State Buckeyes, reading, writing, being a pretend chef, and spontaneous moments of dancing. Most describe her as a fun, loving, silly girl, but Xia is most passionate about her relationships with God and people. Xia and her husband Chimdi currently reside in the Columbus, OH area. Xia shares deeper insight to her everyday life and experiences as a wife of a professional athlete on her personal blog xowithxia.com.
Alexandra Plucenik is an East Coast girl currently living in Kansas City. Before moving to join her boyfriend in Kansas City this past summer, she was sharing her passion for movement and fitness with the community of the quiet corner of Connecticut. There she taught to students ages three to adult by using her Group Exercise Certification to teach her self -made class “Core and More” at a local YMCA. Alexandra began dancing at the age of three and fell in love with movement. She will be a graduate of Rhode Island College in December of 2016 where she will obtain her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance Performance. She has had the opportunity to work with many choreographers from all over the United States including Nichola Johnson, Bridgman and Packer, Dakshina, Angelica Vassella and Adrienne Hawkins. Alexandra believes the arts are an amazing way for children to express themselves and she plans on attending graduate school for Arts Administration and work towards her dream of opening arts programs in inner city school systems. But, for now Alexandra is getting used to life in Kansas City and enjoying the fact that her relationship is no longer long distance with her boyfriend Jim. She can’t wait to share her view as the girlfriend of a NFL scout with the WAGS community!
Lauren Purdy has been around sports since she can remember. Being a two-time AVCA All-American helped her understand future husband, San Fransisco 49er Colin Kelly’s stressful life and schedule. Spending time with Colin in the CFL (Canadian Football League) and in between contracts in the NFL, has helped her become more empathetic to everyone’s situation. Her motto has become, “Life’s a journey, not a destination”.
She lives in Dallas, Texas for now-planning a wedding and move to Santa Clara in the Fall. Purdy defines herself as a motivated-optimist with a knack for writing satire and self-help features. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in PR and Journalism. Although a full-time real estate agent in Dallas, Purdy finds the time to travel, write and work as a full-time "publicist" for her fiancé. Her goal is to help other WAGS stay positive in tough situations whether they arise in OTA’s, Training Camp, or during the rugged grind of season.
Latavia Walston, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is now living in Washington, DC, pursuing her dreams in entertainment & fashion. After graduating with a B.A. in Mass Media Journalism, Walston became the Digital Content Manager at Closet Fashionistas (CF), a wardrobe styling firm located in the heart of D.C. She is also the Editor & Chief of Clutch Your Closet blog, an extension to the CF brand dedicated to all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Her work can be seen in Modelist Magazine, Free Voice Newspaper, and in A Girl's Journey Magazine.