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Empowering Young Women: Colorado Becomes the Eleventh State to Sanction Girls Flag Football

Colorado high schools now offer official girls flag football as a sport

Empowering Young Women: Colorado Becomes the Eleventh State to Sanction Girls Flag Football

Following a successful pilot program that lasted several years, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has officially sanctioned girls flag football as a permanent high school sport. More than 50 schools in Colorado have already signed on to participate, with many of them located in the Denver metro area. This makes Colorado the 11th state in the country to sanction the sport for high school girls.

CHSAA Commissioner Mike Krueger emphasized the importance of providing opportunities for female athletes to participate in sports and highlighted the leadership, confidence, and equality that can be cultivated through girls flag football both on and off the field. In addition to being a fun and exciting way for girls to stay active and engaged, flag football also teaches valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

The NAIA colleges have already started offering scholarships for girls flag football players, and DII and DIII colleges may follow suit in the near future. This means that there are now more opportunities than ever before for young women who want to pursue careers in sports or athletics. The sport is also set to be included in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, further solidifying its status as a respected and legitimate sport.

Broncos owner Carrie Walton Penner played a significant role in promoting girls flag football in Colorado by providing financial aid to schools that adopted the sport through her foundation. Companies like Nike and USA Football also contributed by ensuring that teams had uniforms and necessary equipment. According to Penner, this development represents a historic moment for Colorado and provides young women with a new pathway to sports through flag football. She emphasized how it empowers, includes, promotes teamwork, builds communities while creating leaders of tomorrow.

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