Girls flag football will be an officially sanctioned high school sport in Georgia next year

December 18, 2019
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Girls flag football will be an officially sanctioned high school sport in Georgia next year
Photo Credit: Atlanta Falcons L-R The athletic directors from all participating counties joined Rich McKay and Troy Vincent in announcing that girls flag football will be an official sanctioned sport in high schools throughout the state of Georgia.Chris Millman, vice president, community relations, Atlanta Falcons; Jon Weyher – AD, Gwinnett County Schools; Jeff Battles – AD, Muscogee County Schools; Kechia Rowles – AD Rockdale County Public Schools; Curt Miller – AD, Henry County Schools; Troy Vincent – AD, executive vice president, football operations, NFL; Rich McKay – president, CEO Atlanta Falcons; Nathan Turner – AD, Forsyth County Schools; Tonya Sebring – AD, Cherokee County Schools; Amanda Dinkel – manager, community relations, Atlanta Falcons

The Georgia High School Association will make girls flag football a sanctioned sport in high schools throughout Georgia in 2020.

The decision comes following the Atlanta Falcons and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s commitment and support of girls high school flag football over the past two years.

In response to the alarming low number of girls’ sports offered in Georgia in 2018, the Atlanta Falcons and the Blank Foundation approached Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest county in Georgia, to pilot and fully fund a girls high school flag football program with each of their 19 high schools. As a result, hundreds of girls tried out in the first year bringing the attention of other schools to the program.

In 2019, with complete funding by the Atlanta Falcons and the Blank Foundation, five additional counties implemented girls high school flag football in their schools, totaling six participating counties including: Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, Muscogee and Rockdale with a total of 52 high schools across the six counties.

“We knew the need for more girls’ sports in Georgia was there, and that was enough for us to get started,” says Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay. “The goal was always to get this program to become an officially sanctioned sport and give girls more opportunities to play sports in high schools and we are thrilled that the GHSA shared the same vision. It’s an exciting time for high school sports in Georgia.”

The 2020 announcement comes as the Falcons host the 2019 Girls Flag Football Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second consecutive year. McKay, Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations for the NFL, and Chris Millman, vice president of community relations for the Atlanta Falcons were on hand to make the announcement. 

“We celebrate the Atlanta Falcons’ and the Blank Family Foundation’s extraordinary commitment to inclusion in youth sports which clearly shows that football has a place for everyone,” says Vincent. “State sanctioning of girls flag football means that more girls will have the opportunity to experience the comradery, fun and life transforming values offered by this great game.”

In 2020, all Georgia high schools will be able to select girls flag football as a chosen sport for their schools. For more information, go to https://www.ghsa.net/ to contact a GHSA representative.


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