Flag football was recently announced as an official event for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. American colleges and universities are expected to begin cultivating talent to support women’s athletics in this growing sport and to prepare for the games.
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Charlie Baker to encourage its colleges and universities to implement women’s flag football programs.
“Currently, only the institutions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) formally provide women’s flag football programs. More than 30 schools offer this sport to women, with five of those schools based in Florida. With this growing sport, and its benefits to women, the Olympic Committee’s announcement is timely. The NCAA should use this opportunity to proactively educate and encourage its schools to formalize programs. This in turn would allow collegiate women scholarship opportunities and serve as a feeder to the Olympics where they can proudly represent their country and school,” the letter said in part.
The National Football League has announced its support for women’s flag football in addition to the Olympics. Because of the NFL’s collaboration with RCX Sports and the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlantic East Conference will be the first NCAA Conference to offer female flag football beginning in 2025.
Women’s flag football could be expanded nationwide with NCAA leadership and support.
“Women’s sports, from youth to the highest levels, allows immeasurable benefits for female student athletes. As such, we request your leadership and support to ensure that all NCAA institutions are encouraged to provide women’s flag football programs,” said the letter..
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