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Oct, 2023

Hoisting the Flag

There was a fun question the other day circulating on social media. Which NFL players should make up Team USA after the International Olympic Committee (IOCC) officially added flag football to the 2028 Los Angeles Games? 

 Naturally, TyreekHill was the most popular name, along with stars like Lamar Jackson, Justin Jefferson, and Space Gardner. 

Flag football has grabbed attention after the NFL switched up its Pro Bowl format last year, and the best Super Bowl commercial featured Pop Warner Trailblazer Award winner and Team Mexico flag star Diana Flores.

We love it. We have long promoted flag football as one of our offerings for kids who want to play this great sport but may not be ready or interested in tackle. Pop Warner leagues around the country continue to grow this fast-moving sport. Take the girls of Guilderland in Upstate New York. They are one of four associations participating in the Capital District Pop Warner’s inaugural girls flag football season.

 Pop Warner is proud to join the NFL, IOCC, National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) in celebrating this approach as one of the many great options to ensure our young people get outside, play a game they love, make friends and learn the many lessons about teamwork and perseverance that will serve them in life. 

 Our hope is that future men’s and women’s Team USA players will look back to where they got their start in flag football and they point to one of your associations. 

Jon Butler
Executive Director

Photo credit: Guilderland Pop Warner for the image featuring Averill Park and Guilderland girls flag football teams with the Guilderland JV cheer team.


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