Last week, the Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour announced that they have partnered to provide funding for the development of high school girls’ flag football programs.
The funding will go to schools in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletics Association (MPSSAA), which runs programs for over 111,000 participants from 199 public schools in Maryland each year.
The Ravens are committing $250,000 over five years, with the program expected to launch in fall 2022.
Under Armour will supply custom uniforms for each high school team, and the MPSSAA will establish the league’s rules, field setup, and uniform guidelines.
“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,” Sean Eggert, senior vice president of global sports marketing at Under Armour, said in a statement.
Girls’ flag football has gained popularity in recent years, with similar initiatives happening in school districts in Illinois, Alabama, Florida, and Nevada.
All of the teams participating in the high school girls’ flag football league will also be included in events hosted by Ravens RISE, the team’s youth outreach program.
Schools interested in starting a girls’ flag football team can apply for grants through the MPSSAA.