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Thompson relives flag football national championship as AHSAA sanctions sport

Madonna Thompson’s favorite sport might not be the one you think.

She went to the Final Four while playing point guard at Alabama and has coached women’s basketball for the last 23 years as well.

However, football is tops for the Shelton State Community College coach, who was first throwing the ball in the yard with her father. 

The AHSAA announced in April it will sponsor girls flag football during the fall in partnership with the Atlanta Falcons, NFL FLAG and Nike.

Following her Alabama basketball career, Thompson, 47, would win a national flag football championship on an women’s travel team.

“I would’ve loved to play flag football (in high school),” Thompson said. “No doubt. I was all big into basketball, but I grew up playing soccer and basketball. Soccer and basketball are my two sports, but I would’ve loved to play flag football.”



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Travis Burnett

Travis Burnett

A pioneer in the flag football community, Travis helped co-found the Flag Football World Championship Tour, FlagSpin and USA Flag. Featuring 15+ years of content creation for the sport of flag football, creating and managing the largest flag football tournaments on the planet, coaching experience at the youth and adult level as well as an active player with National and World Championship level experience.

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