ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have launched the first pilot flag football program for girls in high schools in Colorado, it was announced Friday.
The pilot program, funded by Denver Broncos Charities, has three school districts, 25 teams and more than 550 participants.
“The Denver Broncos are thrilled to have this opportunity to help carry the all-girls high school flag to 25 high schools throughout the Denver metro area,” said Bobby Mestas, director of high school and youth soccer for the Broncos. . “Districts, schools and the Colorado High School Activities Association have been tremendous partners thus far and we are excited to offer the sport of soccer to more than 500 student-athletes this fall.”
The Broncos, along with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), worked to launch this three-year pilot program, with the ultimate goal of helping Girls High School Flag become a CHSAA-sanctioned sport around the world. condition.
“The Colorado High School Activities Association is proud to partner with the Denver Broncos and our high schools as we seek to promote this new opportunity for female participation in flag football,” said CHSAA Commissioner Mike Krueger. “Flag football is a fast, fun and exciting way to experience soccer, and we are thrilled that the girls of Broncos Country have the opportunity to participate in this experience firsthand.”
Practices began Tuesday for each program and the first Girls High School Flag Jamboree will be held Saturday at All-City Stadium (1500 S Franklin St., Denver, CO 80218). The Jamborees will be held every Saturday with a minimum of three games played per school. The district’s postseason tournaments begin on Saturday, October 8, where eight teams will advance to play in a single-elimination championship tournament to be held at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse at the UCHealth Training Center on Saturday, October 15. The inaugural championship team will be honored at this season’s annual High School Salute game against Arizona on December 18.
“Jeffco Athletics is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Denver Broncos, Cherry Creek Athletics and Denver Public Schools Athletics this fall,” said Patrick Simpson, Executive Director of Athletics and Activities for Jeffco Public Schools. “This pilot will give our student-athletes the incredible opportunity to bring women’s flag football to the state of Colorado.”
NIKE provided home and away jerseys for each team, at no cost to the programs.
Below is a complete list of participating teams and school districts: