As the Washington Wildcats look to shape their roster for their inaugural season in the Women’s Indoor Football League, a key building block on their defense is Cara Vargas. The 31-year old from Alexandria, Virginia is more than just an athlete; she is also a WIFL Representative. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Orlando, she is a well-travelled individual who has now laid roots in the nation’s capital region. Her father, John Fogarty is a published horror author who raised her and taught her how to be strong.
Projected to compete on the defensive line, she may also pull double duty on the offensive line, protecting highly touted quarterback acquisition Tia Knipper. Cara Vargas had been at the training camp for Baltimore in another league during late 2012 and early 2013. Pencilled in at Offensive and Defensive Line, she was also part of the club’s Meet and Greet event during a Super Bowl viewing party at the Baltimore Power Plant.
Of note, Vargas is also a former middleweight boxer and a Maryland Golden Gloves champion in 2010. In 2010, she was in the 178 pound weight class in the Washington Golden Gloves female boxing. She was part of the Old School Boxing Team which won the overall team trophy as they had seven champions at the Golden Gloves tournament.
Vargas had so much promise as an amateur pugilist that she even participated in the Road to London fight series where she fought the likes of Tori Nelson and Kaelan Hollon in the hopes of qualifying for the London 2012 Summer Games.
Employed as a personal trainer, she has also been involved in acting, doing stunt work on local film productions. Her most recently complete film includes Second World 3: Nightfall. Having also worked as a fitness model and personal trainer, this phenomenal athlete also has experience in martial arts such as Hapkido and Chayon-Ryu.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Vargas’ background is the one in service to her country. Vargas was a member of the United States Air Force, having served as an Engineering Technician in the Civil Engineering Squadron. Having left military in 2007, Vargas has embraced the athletic life with a sense of adventure.
While fans anxiously wait for her to grace the gridiron, Vargas holds the potential to become one of the brand names of women’s football. As the sport continues to grow, athletes like Vargas and the rest of the women in the WIFL prove it is one truly worthy of respect and recognition.