The Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour are partnering with the MPSSAA to create girls high school flag football
by Gary Adornato
The Baltimore Ravens announced, Friday, that they are committing $250,000 over five years to support an initiative to develop girl’s high school flag football program with member schools of the Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletic Association (MPSSAA).
The program supports the MPSSAA’s commitment to developing new and innovative athletic opportunities that benefit the physical, social and emotional well-being of female athletes, The target is to put teams on the field as soon as the Fall of 2022.
For its part, Under Armour will outfit each participating team with customer uniforms.
Girls flag football has become a popular and rapidly growing sports around the country and the Ravens’ support for this program is in line with partnership between the NFL and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to grow the sport.
“We are proud to partner with Under Armour on this groundbreaking initiative,” Ravens senior vice president of marketing Brad Downs stated. “Football is the ultimate team sport, and we believe young female student-athletes deserve an opportunity to experience the incredible life lessons it teaches. We’re excited to help establish a program that will create a new varsity sport for high school girls who are eager to play the game of football.”
“At Under Armour, we believe everyone should have the opportunity and ability to play sports at every level, particularly young girls whose confidence can be impacted by lack of access to sport,” said Sean Eggert, senior vice president of global sports marketing at Under Armour. “We are proud to support the Baltimore Ravens and MPSSAA to bring flag football to girls across Maryland.”
Schools interested in starting a girls’ flag football team can apply for grants to fund their respective programs. Each local school system will be able to apply for a grant through the MPSSAA.