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By Judy Muller
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red_dot.gif (93 bytes) A B C News reported that today there are actually 6 colleges which enroll female wrestlers in thier athletic programs. 5000 girsl are now wrestling nation wide. This represents a 300% increase in the last 5 years


Miamian invents female jockstrap

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By Gigi Tinsley
Times Staff Writer

 

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Last month in Monroeville, Penn., Ronald Paramore, inventor, designer and president of Paramore Collection Inc., stirred excitement at the Inpex XIII when he unveiled his latest invention, a female jockstrap.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) The invention came in the midst of reports that Melissa Raglin, a 12-year-old of Boca Raton, had been forced to sit behind second plate for two years because she wore no cup.

 

 
Girl catcher, wearing female cup, is back behind the plate
By Ean Smith
West Side - Gazette Sports

red_dot.gif (93 bytes)BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A little rusty and a lot nervous, 12-year-old Melissa Raglin crouched behind home plate for the first time in a week to play ball in the job she knows best.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) After a weeklong exile to the outfield for refusing to put on the protective gear that boys have to wear, she suited up Thursday evening with a female cup shipped by overnight mail - and just in time.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Melissa Raglin, 12, wearing her new female jock strap and cup, catches during the third inning of her team's playoff game in Boca Raton, Fla., Thursday, May 22, 1997. After receiving the equipment via overnight mail, Melissa ended her weeklong exile to the outfield on Thursday night and took her position behind the plate. Her baseball youth league had banned her from catching after she refused to put on the protective gear the boys have to wear. (AP Photo/Gary I. Rothstein)

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Melissa went back to work as catcher and helped her Dodgers to a 7-6 playoff victory over the Mariners, a contest that had TV cameras trained on her and more reporters than parents watching.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ``It made me really nervous having all this excitement.'' Melissa said afterward. ``I was a little rusty out there.''

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Melissa was thrust into the national spotlight after an umpire in the Boca Raton Youth League told her that to play catcher, she would have to wear the cup, a hard piece of plastic designed to protect the testicles.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) She refused and was sent to play center field, touching off a furor that landed the National Organization for Women and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh on the same side, ridiculing the rules.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) She preferred to talk baseball, and not about the cup.

``It's not really comfortable, but it's the most comfortable one I found,'' she said. ``But I don't think about it - I just want to play with my team.''

red_dot.gif (93 bytes)The league says girls can suffer groin injuries and must play by the rules. Girls have been playing in the league since the 1950s. But coaches and parents knew nothing about the rule until an umpire decided to enforce it during a game May 15.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Melissa got to choose from several offerings. She decided on our product over all the other samples she tried.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Her coach, Dan Solomon, marveled at the cup controversy.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ``We're part of Jay Leno's monologue, so it's reached a level of unbelievability,'' he said.


 

Miami man invents female jockstrap.

By Ean Smith

 West Side - Gazette Sports

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Ronald Paramore, inventor, designer and president of Paramore Athletic Collections Inc., has turned the sporting world on its ear with the invention of the female jockstrap.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) The invention came in the midst of reports three years ago when Melissa Raglin, a –12-year-old from Boca Raton, was forced to sit behind second base for two years because she didn’t wear a boy’s protective cup.


red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ”I’m the inventor of the world’s first female jockstrap,” Paramore said. “We also invented the pelvic protector for women, that’s for women that are active in sports like football, soccer, volleyball and baseball. You’ve got women in boxing and we also have a vaginal protector for women that participate in gymnastics, bike riding and kick boxing.”


red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Endorsing by a variety of high schools, women’s professional basketball teams, doctors, coaches and female athletes, Paramore’s inventions has caught attention of those involved in the Women Professional Football League (WPFL) as he stood on the sidelines watching the All-Star game at the Orange Bowl this past weekend. Former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges, who currently coaches a girl’s basketball team, sent a letter of endorsement to Paramore.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ”It’s a need for this product and we need to support women in sports because they are moving up, I’m here tonight supporting WPFL,” Paramore said. “We got a Miami team so I might be interested in owning a team God, has really been blessing us, we even have minority businesses backing us up.”

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Rodney Paramore, Vice President of Paramore Inc., and Ronald’s twin brother said it was a blessing having their product endorsed by so many different people.”

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ”It’s just been a great feeling being able to support the WPFL, and I just thank God for this opportunity,” Rodney Paramore said. “I’m just happy that we’re out here supporting the football league, there is also a need for  investors to back us up.”

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ”God he raised him up, and I praise God that he gave him a mind to be an inventor and he gave him the invention,” said Benjamin Paramore Jr. Rodney and Ronald’s father. “I’m backing him financially and spiritually in the name of the Lord.”



red_dot.gif (93 bytes)"We are very excited and, from all the inquiries and responses from those who have tried it out, we can hardly wait until it is in the stores. The jock's going to come in a lot of colors. Ladies like colors." said Paramore, beaming from under his trademark black derby hat

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Patrick A. Burns, 1996 Women's Olympic boxing coach, sent him an endorsement letter. "Several female boxers at Gerrit's Leprechaun Boxing Gym have trained with the female jockstrap on and expressed that it feels like you have nothing on," said Burns. "My thoughts about the female jockstrap is that it is a great idea and it will be a phenomenon in the sports and fitness industry."

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) Along with the female jockstrap Paramore has future plans to invent more women’s protective gear, such as the pelvic and vaginal protectors. Paramore also discussed his plans of creating a flag for black history month that would represent the colors of Africa.

red_dot.gif (93 bytes) ”We named it the athletic female supporter, because that sounds better. A lot of women don’t like to be called a jock or anything like that, mainly because a jock comes from being a male,” Paramore said. “It is patented as a female jockstrap, but the marketing name is female athletic supporter.


Miami inventor Ronald Paramore had a heavenly vision about women's underclothes, and it wasn't courtesy of the Victoria's Secret angels. "This came in a dream," Paramore says of his recently patented creation.

He had been working construction when he lost his job. "I got laid off, right around Christmas. I came home and cried and fell asleep and then I had a dream," he recalls. In the dream, God told Paramore to draw, and he received a vision of what is now his trademark, a derby hat over a smiling face. Then the deity revealed that women needed protection; not necessarily divine protection, but practical injury-proofing from sport injuries, just like men have. When Paramore awoke, he immediately sketched the design for the world's first female jockstrap.

"You don't question God," Paramore deadpans.

"I'm known for smiling through it all," he adds. The Bitch couldn't help but smile herself when she met the sharply dressed Paramore, sporting a derby and a matching ivory shirt and suit ensemble, who whipped out blueprints for the design of the basic jockstrap and the protective cup that is attached to the strap with Velcro.

Right now Paramore is working full-time as a painter until he can find financial backing for his invention. He pulled out a binder to show The Bitch photos and letters from celebrities who endorse the product. "Robin Givens endorses the product. Dr. Dre loves it," Paramore notes as he flips a few more pages to the lyrics to a song he wrote for Da Brat about the female jockstrap.

"Everybody talks good game, but we can't get the seed money to get the product out there," he says. "People are calling me, but they are just doing this --" Paramore shakes his head while making the you're-talking-out-your-ass motions with his hand.

The apparatus was recently thrust into the spotlight on the resurrected game show To Tell the Truth hosted by John O'Hurley, who is most recognized from his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld. The producer of the show, Spencer Stephens, called one day. "He just heard on the street about the female jockstrap," says Paramore, who went on the show with his twin brother Rodney, who is also a bit of a tinkerer. Kermit the Frog was a guest panelist alongside Paula Poundstone, Meshach Taylor, and Traci Bingham. Only Taylor guessed correctly the Paramores were the inventors. "I guess the others didn't think a couple of brothers could invent something like this," he smirks.

Paramore then traveled to New York to meet with one potential investor: "I even brought him a mango -- 'cause he wanted a mango from Miami -- and then he messed around and took some of my products and I never heard from him."

The invention does have an endorsement, if not an investment, from a woman athlete who has tested it under extreme conditions. Tennis coach and former WTA pro player Kim Sands says, "The female jockstrap gives the complete freedom and comfort to run, jump, and hit with the greatest of ease. How do I know? Well, I was born to play sports at the highest level."

Paramore says he has thus far manufactured about 50 of the jockstraps, which he expects will retail for about fifteen dollars, but is waiting for an increase in cash flow so he can pay a professional seamstress to crank out more

 

February 24, 2005
Miami New Times

 
 

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