Nike announced a new grant initiative with the NFL that commits a total of $5 million in product to grow girls’ flag football within high school athletics.
This multi-year initiative will provide a one-time donation of up to $100,000 in product to state athletic associations that offer girls flag football as a high school or pilot program beginning in 2021.
First to receive the grant will be Florida, which has promoted girl’s flag football for more than ten years.
Products will include flag football uniforms, sports bras, socks, and accessories which will be distributed to each participating state’s governing interscholastic or athletic association at its discretion.
At present, only six states sanction high school flag football for girls — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and New York.
“The expansion of girl’s flag football is essential to the growth of the game and preservation of the values it has contributed to society for decades,” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president, Football Operations. “Girls flag demonstrates that football is for all, and the greater the participation, the stronger the game and the more young women can build the transferrable skills football provides for achieving success in life.”
The Nike Flag Football jerseys are rooted in football DNA and built for the proportions of young women. Featuring a grille neckline and nameplates on the back, the jersey is constructed of woven performance fabric with under-arm mesh panels. The shorts waistband is designed to fit with the jersey for “tuck-in” rules in flag football.