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NFL and USA Football introduce Girls Flag Football

High School girls in New Orleans play during the inagural season of high school girls flag football.
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NFL and USA Football partner with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation to bring high school girls flag football to New Orleans


Friday, October 1, 2010
On Monday, October 4th, the inaugural season of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation high school girls flag football league will begin at Pan American Stadium in City Park.  The 15-team league is part of an initiative created by the NFL, in conjunction with USA Football, to provide an opportunity for more high school girls to play football.  The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Orleans Parish Athletic Department are managing the league in partnership with the New Orleans Saints, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, and Radio Disney.

The games will be played each Monday afternoon from 4:30pm until 6:30pm at Pan American stadium for the next 10 weeks.  Week to week management of the games will be conducted by Ron Gearing, Athletic Director for Orleans Parish Schools. The NFL and USA Football have provided the flags, footballs, and jerseys that will be used throughout the season.

“The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is honored to assist the NFL and USA Football in bringing this opportunity to New Orleans,” said Jay Cicero – President/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.  “These young women are a big part of the future of our city, and we feel they should be provided every opportunity to be involved with sports on and off the field.”

This program is the first of its kind in the Greater New Orleans area because of its focus on high school girls.   Simone Bruni, owner of The Demo Diva Demolition Company, has come on board as a primary sponsor for the program.  “I took the non-traditional path and started my business in a male-dominated field. My goal is to show these girls they, too, have the potential to be strong and positively change our city,” said Ms. Bruni.

The NFL has recognized the growing demand for girls flag football to be recognized as a high school sport. This program identifies the desire girls have to be more involved in the sport of flag football, and helps girls across the country find an outlet to play a sport that they’re passionate about.

Schools participating in the program include: George Washington Carver, Joseph S. Clark, Walter L. Cohen, Warren Easton, Greater Gentilly, Edna Karr (2 teams), LB Landry, Thurgood Marshall, John McDonogh, McDonogh 35, Eleanor McMain, Priestly Charter, Sarah T. Reed, and O Perry Walker. 

For more information on this program or to join as a sponsor of the program, contact Jeremy Boyce – Director of Community Relations for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation at jboyce@gnosf.org or 504-525-5678. 

About the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation

Organized in August 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) is a non-profit 501(c) (4) organization whose mission is to attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area. Since 1988, the GNOSF has turned a $25 Million investment, from public and private sources, into a $1 Billion Economic impact. For more information, visit www.gnosports.com.

About the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
The 10th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will feature opponents from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. Since 2001, the Bowl has continued to provide a positive economic and community impact for the city of New Orleans. For more information on this year’s game and other events, visit www.neworleansbowl.org.

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