Vikings and Minneapolis Public Schools team up to launch Girls Flag Football League

Eagan, Minnesota (May 2, 2022) – The Minnesota Vikings pledged $75,000 and partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to launch a new MPS Girls Flag Football program. Featuring multiple Minneapolis-area college teams, the three-week inaugural season kicks off Saturday, May 7 with games at Roosevelt High and South High.

With the launch of the program, the Vikings join several NFL teams that have partnered to establish women’s flag football leagues in their regions. The team hopes to expand the initiative to schools across the state in future years and believes increased financial support can help remove operational barriers so more schools can introduce programs. As longtime partners of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), the Vikings are committed to creating rewarding and inclusive athletic opportunities throughout Minnesota. The future expansion of high school women’s soccer into a college sport in Minnesota is a long-term goal that would align with this commitment. Currently, only six states (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and New York) sanction women’s flag football as a high school sport.

“We are thrilled to launch our first women’s flag football league in Minneapolis,” said the owner/president. Marc Wilf. “We strongly believe that football is for everyone, and through this partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, we are taking the first step toward our vision of making women’s flag football a sanctioned sport for Minnesota high schools.”

The MPS teams, consisting of approximately 10 girls each, received custom uniforms and gear specially donated by Nike and the Vikings as part of the NFL and Nike’s multi-year grant initiative to develop women’s flag football in across the country. The Vikings’ financial contribution will be used in 2022 and beyond for travel, coaching allowances and other necessities to ensure the long-term success of the Minneapolis program.

“We are extremely grateful and excited about our partnership with the Minnesota Vikings,” said the MPS district athletic director. Anthony Fisher mentioned. “Together, we will continue to ensure our college student-athletes have an exceptional athletic experience through the addition of flag football to our current athletic offering.”

The final games of the season will be played on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center’s Indoor Training Ground (IPF). Further details regarding the event will be shared at a later date.

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