Semi-Pro Football Team Owner Lauded

By Larry Jameson



Rosie Welmas, owner of the Indio-based Desert Chiefs Semi-Pro Football Team, has been named Owner of the Year by the website Semi Pro Talk.

INDIO – Rosie Welmas, owner of the semi-pro football team the Desert Chiefs, which finished first and undefeated during the regular season of play in the Pacific Coast Football Conference (PCFC), has been named Owner of the Year by the website Semi-Pro Talk (


Welmas, who started the team last spring, received the award in recognition of the team’s outstanding record as, the site pointed out, “(the) only undefeated team in SoCal — first year in operation.”


“It’s been a great season and I’m working with an amazing team,” said Welmas. “The fans and community have embraced us; their support has meant so much to the Chiefs. I can’t thank the staff, coaches and players enough for believing. I have never seen so much passion for football in my life! I have learned so much and will continue to learn because the Chiefs are a great organization.”


Welmas is the first woman in the Coachella Valley to own a semi-pro football team. The Desert Chiefs are the first team in the desert to finish the regular season undefeated.


The team is nationally ranked at number three in the western U.S. by American Football News Power Ranking ( In addition, Semi-Pro Talk ranks the team fourth in Southern California. As the newest team to join PCFC, the Desert Chiefs are league-sanctioned and one of the conference’s nine teams.  


Welmas is a well-known community leader. She also is the proud founder of Rosie’s Kids (, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and their families afford activities — including sports, art and music — by offsetting the high cost of supplies and financial responsibilities to families.

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