Wednesday is the 35th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Its ongoing mission is to inspire “girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power.”
To honor the day, the New York Jets announced a partnership with Nike to create the New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League. The league will begin play this spring. Here are more details via the Jets’ website:
In collaboration with the North Jersey Super Football Conference (NJSFC) and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), eight high schools from New Jersey have agreed to participate in the inaugural season of the pilot league. Each school will receive an $11,000 grant and equipment from the Jets and Nike to cover all expenses of the program. This is the first High School Girls Flag Football League in New Jersey with the long-term goal to have the sport adopted as an official high school statewide championship sport.
The eight participating New Jersey high schools include:
- East Orange Campus (East Orange, NJ)
- Indian Hills High School (Oakland, NJ)
- Irvington High School (Irvington, NJ)
- Malcolm X Shabazz High School (Newark, NJ)
- Morristown High School (Morristown, NJ)
- Passaic County Technical Institute (Wayne, NJ)
- Ramapo High School (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
- William L. Dickinson High School (Jersey City, NJ)
Beyond funding and equipment, each school will receive uniforms from Nike from their new Girls Flag Football line of apparel. Prior to today’s announcement, the Jets and Nike sent one player from each team a gift box to unveil their school’s new uniforms with the message “EmpowHER.” The Jets and Nike believe girls should have the opportunity to play football and experience everything the greatest game in the world has to offer. The Jets New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League will provide character building, perseverance, teamwork and dedication skills that will empower these girls throughout every aspect of their lives.
The National Girls & Women in Sports Day celebration is backed by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Founded in 1974, the WSF promises to “advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. Our mission is to enable all girls and women to reach their potential in sports and life. We provide financial fuel to aspiring champion athletes. We fund groundbreaking research. We educate. We advocate. And we help communities get girls active. Sure, there’s a long way to go but we’re not going to stop until we get there.”
The WSF is the brainchild of trailblazing tennis star Billie Jean King.
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