Collaborating to inspire the next generation of female athletes, Nike announces a new grant initiative with the NFL that commits a total of $ 5 million in products to the growth of flag football within high school athletics.
This multi-year initiative will provide a one-time donation of up to $ 100,000 in products to state athletic associations that offer girls’ flag football as a high school sport or demonstrate progress through a pilot program beginning in 2021. First to receive the The grant will be the state of Florida, which has promoted girls’ flag football for over ten years and is the home state of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The product will include flag football uniforms, socks and accessories, such as sports bras, all of which will be distributed to the governing interscholastic or athletic association of each participating state at its discretion. Currently, only six states sanction girls’ flag football in high schools (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and New York), but financial support can help remove operational barriers so more states can introduce girls’ flag football programs.
“The expansion of girls’ flag football is essential to the growth of the game and the preservation of the values it has contributed to society for decades,” says Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of soccer operations. “Girls Flag shows that soccer is for everyone, and the greater the participation, the stronger the game and the more young people can develop the transferable skills that soccer provides for success in life.”