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June 4, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight

This week the player spotlight shines on football sensation Dakura Smith.

Smith, a professional running back, has been gaining yardage in women's pro football for six years now. Currently playing for the Bay Area Bandits, Smith has been immersed in one sport or another since age four.

It began with basketball and she soon stepped in for some soccer where Dakura played throughout her high school years for Abe Lincoln High in San Francisco. She's also ran a few marathons. Completing those 26-mile runs let her know that she had the right stuff to endure and wanted more.

At age 24, Smith sprinted into football and there was no looking back for her. She says "the aggressive nature of the sport created the perfect challenge for her running capabilities."

Working in retail sales for a mainstay, Dakura is loving life. She says that she "looks forward to living it to the fullest each day" and carries a daily regimen of jogging to maintain a clear mind. When she's not running with the ball or working out, Smith enjoys shooting some occasional pool and also likes to catch a movie or sip a late night cocktail, preferably a screwdriver, with her friends. She also likes to read and write poetry aspiring to someday write a novel.

This woman's metabolism will accommodate almost any diet but she likes to keep it healthy. When dinner calls Dakura will go for chicken tacos with German chocolate cake to follow.

With the Bandits currently in first place for the IWFL Tier II Pacific West Division you might like to see this lady run. If so, you can catch their next home game at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Saturday, June 5, in a rematch against the So Cal Scorpions, who downed Smith and the Bandits in San Diego last weekend.

You can read more about the team at and can always check back here at TCV for post game coverage.

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