On May 9, Minneapolis’ Farview Park hosted its 2nd annual Hmong flag football tournament.
Eight teams and 300 people came to the tournament.
Last year, a brand new turf football field was built at Farview Park, Farview staff wanted to increase and diversify the people coming to Farview Park, and worked with several North Minneapolis Hmong football team to officially open the field with a Hmong flag football tournament. Players had so much fun they turned it into an annual event.
This year the tournament was even bigger, with 8 teams and over 200 players. Termination X and Do or Die were the home teams from Minneapolis: FSU, Chosen Disciples, Explosive, and We Dem Boyz came from Saint Paul: Avengers came from Brooklyn Park: and Warriors came from Blaine.
The Farview flag football tournament was geared towards high school aged players.
Many people working with Minneapolis’ Hmong community came out to cheer on the players. MPD Hmong outreach officers Blake Moua and Kou Vang walked the spaces between the games, shaking players hands and yelling words of encouragement. Many of the football players had campaigned to get Hmong officers in North Minneapolis.
When they were not in action, players and fans enjoyed a cookout of hotdogs, Hmong eggrolls, and chips.
The Hmong football players quickly proved that this was not your grandmother’s genteel flag football tournament. For six hours the players weaved and swerved, crashed into each other, and threw spectacular passes.
The two Minneapolis teams made it to the finals. Termination X had won three big games, and came into the finals undefeated. But it was Do or Die who scored first, and never looked back. Do or Die won 30-0, taking the tournament and the trophy.
Many players urged that the tournament be made an annual event. And Farview staff said they were ready to continue supporting the flag footballers.
Farview Park is located in North Minneapolis.