Welcome to the Official Website of #33 Donna "the Animal" Wilkinson
As a charter member of the DC Divas and a pioneer of women’s football in the nation’s capital, Donna Wilkinson achieved many milestones over her illustrious career.
Wilkinson set the bar amongst the sports elite for nearly two decades of play. During her career from 2001 to 2017 Wilkinson earned the nickname “The Animal.” She played every down with an intense passion, focus and love for the game. She enjoyed every aspect of the game, including practices where she set the tone for workouts and conditioning for 18 seasons.
Wilkinson won three National Championships with the D.C. Divas, the first in 2006, then back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.
Over her 17 year career with the DC Divas and one season with the LA Amazons, Wilkinson was named to the all-star team at three different positions - running back, linebacker and tight end. She retired from the D.C. Divas as the second all-time leading scorer and rusher in team history.
Wilkinson left the field and stepped right back into the game as a broadcaster. She provided the color commentary for the 2018 women’s football National Championship game broadcast on ESPN3, and is now broadcasting the DC Divas 2019 home games for Divas Nation on FB live and DMVStream.
Donna’s life focus has been on health, training, nutrition and improved recovery for her own athletic performance and longevity. She incorporated technologies such as ARPWave, ASEA, and magnetic & far-infrared sleep systems, alkaline structured water, and whole foods nutrition into her own sports recovery program and now utilizes all of these tools for improved results with her clients.
Her post-football career is dedicated to service and sharing what she has learned with others while living a fully healthy, happy and vibrant life!
Wilkinson retired from the Divas as the longest tenured football player in Washington D.C. since Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins (who played 20 years and retired in 2002). She worked alongside Darrell Green for three years as a sports analyst for "Game On" on WUSA9 from 2012-2015.
Wilkinson’s grace, sportsmanship and valor defined her career and blazed a path for girls in football to follow.
Wilkinson enjoys the game of football from a new vantage point as the first female uniform inspector in the NFL. This position is currently held by former NFL players and Wilkinson is honored to have an opportunity to work in this special role with the NFL on game day at FedEx field.
Washington Times story by THOM LOVERRO: Legendary female footballer still blazing trails for women
Donna Wilkinson is working in an exciting new field of BioEnergetics as a NES Health practitioner. Her introduction to the NES technology in February of 2019 has been nothing short of spectacular. The scanner and infoceuticals have taken her health and training practice to a new level. "We now have the ability to achieve immediate, positive health results that go way beyond our previous understanding." #33
NES Health is the leader in bioenergetics: the study, detection, and correction of energy in living systems. Researchers spent decades mapping out the energy and communication systems of the body. Collectively, these systems make up the human body-field, which acts as a control system for the body’s physical activity.
When this field is underpowered or distorted, it’s unable to run the body in an optimal way and the body’s cells and systems may begin to fail. Symptoms often begin with simply feeling tired, but they can continue into just about any known health problem.
When we improve function of the body-field, and we combine this with good nutrition and lifestyle choices, the body’s incredible healing system can take over and begin restoring the body to health.
The NES Health system involves three steps:
1) Assess the Body-Field
2) Unblock and Rejuvenate
3) Restore Correct Information
Ask Donna how BioEnergetics can help you restore your health and live your most vibrant life.
Double dose of divas
Donna Wilkinson inducted into the Women's Football 2018 Hall of Fame Class!
D.C. Divas recognized by President Barak and Michelle Obama at the White House!
Potus and Flotus were all hugs for the Divas as they congratulated the team for a championship season and took a photo with the players. It was an amazing day in team history and experience we will never forget!
2010 Team USA
Donna was selected to play for Team USA in the historic first World Championships of women's tackle football in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Team USA shut out the competition and took the Gold Medal in dominant fashion.
2013 Team USA
The World Championships of Women's Football in Vantaa, Finland in 2013 was a show for the ages. In the most dominant game in USA Football championship history the United States defeated Germany 107-7 in a firing match on 4th of July. It was an American dominance once again, and Team USA beat Canada for their second straight Gold Medal.
Team USA 2013 Video - We tackle the world!
ARPWave Performance Training
Wilkinson integrated the most advanced ARPWave technology as part of her football recovery program to recover from numerous injuries in less time. Ask how ARPWave can help you achieve peak performance in daily life.
WUSA-TV9 "GAME ON" Sports Analyst
Donna spent three seasons as a sports analyst for "Game On" on WUSA-TV9 in Washington D.C. Her understanding of football from inside the locker room give her a unique and powerful perspective. Donna worked alongside Hall of Fame player Darrell Green, sack leader Dexter Manley and USA Today writer Christine Brennan.
In the Community
Donna is active in the community coaching NFL Play 60 camps, USA Football Heads Up clinics and American Heart Association events. You will find her speaking at career day at school and teaching part-time in the classroom with ACPS.
In 2019 Wilkinson became a Special Olympics basketball coach for the TC Williams Mighty Titans.
Football "Battle of the Sexes"
Can women play against men in a game of tackle football, and survive, or THRIVE? YES!… They DID...BIG Time! Check out the two times Donna suited up and played vs the men in the HISTORIC GAMES section!
Pictures by Scott Robinson
Are you looking for a unique and dynamic speaker? Donna shares her inspiring story of passion, growth and overcoming obstacles while playing women's tackle football for 15 years in a co-authored book "Feminine Voices - Real Stories of Women Transforming Leadership. She speaks about her football journey to audiences of all ages, and aslo shares her insight on women's empowerment, domestic violence, health & nutrition, wellness technology and teamwork.
Concussions in Sports
Wilkinson played an intense style of football that lead to numerous traumatic hits to the head and neck area over 18 seasons of play. In her 15th season, Wilkinson began to develop concussion symptoms such as regular headaches, vomiting after non-contact practices, extreme light sensitivity and emotional extremes she had not experienced before.
Wilkinson began seeing Dr. Crutchfield, a neurologist with LifeBridge health, after having 10 known concussions and a serious neck injury with Team USA at the World Championships in Finland that made it difficult to function on a daily basis.
Dr. Crutchfield's assessment of Wilkinson's symptoms coming from the nerve damage and neck trauma associated with the repeated hits over time proved correct. He began treatments with injections into the nerves in her neck and helped her improve and manage the symptoms for the final two years of her career.
Upon retirement from football, Wilkinson underwent a major procedure at John's Hopkins by Dr. Dorafshar to remove scar tissue from the nerves in the back of her head that had been deemed the cause of her concussion-like symptoms. The procedure was a major success and Wilkinson is now on her way to full recovery.
The possibility of looking at head trauma and CTE symptoms as neck and nerve damage is revolutionary by by Dr. Crutchfield, and opens up new possibilities for treatment and recovery options.
Wilkinson is available to speak about her treatment and recovery process, and welcomes those searching for answers.
Donna Wilkinson authored Story #18
Uncharted Territory: Pioneering Women's Football
"Donna is a two time Gold Medal winner on TEAM USA for Women's Football. Her story is about her journey of desire, breaking old paradigms and stepping into a new platform. So powerful!" ~Andrea Hylen"
"There's nothing typical about a woman who chooses her armor for battle, puts on her helmet and shoulder pads, and hears the click-clack, click-clack of cleats as she walks through the tunnel into the hallowed grounds of a football stadium. She makes her way to the field and prepares for battle. This one has accepted a different kind of mission. She will fling her body around with reckless abandon putting her life and limb on the line to pursue a passion deep within her. She is doing something she was told she could never do, having an experience previously exclusive to men.
The life of a female warrior may not be as glorious as that of her male counterparts, but those who discover the life she lives look with amazement at what she has accomplished. The women who play American tackle football are breaking gender barriers and changing paradigms. Playing a male dominated sport as a woman is liberating and empowering at many levels.
This is a series of reflections and part of my story from a little girl who dreamed of playing football to a two-time Gold Medal Winner for TEAM USA."
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