For nearly 100 years, football was known as a men's only sport. Well, that's all about to change because girls are now stepping on the field and they're bringing their pigskins with them. Girl's flag football in Georgia is finally an officially-sanctioned high school sport and we're already queuing "Eye of the Tiger."
Having girl's football legitimately approved by the state is a huge deal in the modern-day girl power movement. Even bigger is the fact that the Atlanta Falcons is the team behind all of it.
The Falcons Organization, who puts forth tons of effort for inclusion and diversity in football, has been funding girl's flag football for three years and it has finally come to fruition.
An official announcement took place Wednesday (Dec. 18) at the Mercedes-Benz stadium and all the gals (and guys) are hype. We're already picturing a stadium full of fans going wild.
Football is much more than just a fun sport to play and watch. "Football teaches teamwork, resiliency and the committed pursuit of shared goals," said Falcons owner, Arthur Blank during the announcement. "All of which builds character and help shape important life skills for boys and girls."
Hats off to The Peach State because we are the fourth state to make girl's flag football official. Looks like the rest of America needs to get like us.
Thanks to help from the Falcons, five individual counties (Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, Muscogee and Rockdale) have already added the progressive sport to their high schools.
Flag football in the U.S. has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. According to an Atlanta Falcons press release, over 1.6 million athletes play flag football and over 200,000 of them are women.
Girl's flag football in Georgia began in Gwinnett (Georgia's largest county) in 2018 when the Falcons helped launch the pilot program. All Gwinnett county high schools participated and between 60 to 200 girls tried out.
We'd call that a success, especially since it most likely played a big part in landing us here today. Be on the lookout for tickets at your local high school because the season begins in the 2020-2021 school year.