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New Orleans Saints Girls High School Flag Football season kicks off with historic inaugural games

Goal of the program is having the Louisiana High School Athletic Association officially recognize Girls Flag Football as a sanctioned sport

The New Orleans Saints announced today the launch of the Saints Girls High School Flag Football season, marking a historic milestone in youth sports in Louisiana. As part of the NFL-wide initiative to promote Girls High School Flag Football, the Saints Youth Development department is spearheading this effort.

The inaugural season of Saints Girls High School Flag Football embodies a significant step toward promoting inclusivity and diversity in athletics. With the goal of having the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) officially recognize Girls Flag Football as a sanctioned sport, the Saints are leading the charge to pave the way for future generations of female athletes.

Flag Football, recognized as one of the fastest-growing sports, offers a dynamic and engaging platform for young athletes to showcase their skills and athleticism. This pilot season will see participation from 10 schools across Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, including:

  • Academy of Our Lady High School
  • Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School
  • De La Salle High School
  • East Jefferson High School
  • Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans
  • McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School
  • Sarah T. Reed Senior High School
  • Sophie B. Wright High School
  • The Willow School
  • West Jefferson High School

The opening week of games is scheduled for April 3 at The Willow School's Brees Family Field where Saints players will serve as the Honorary Game Captains. The second day of the opening week's games will be April 4 at West Jefferson High School's Harold Hoss "Memstas" Stadium.

Weekly games will ensue, featuring matchups between participating schools, leading up to the Championship Gameday set for May 4 at Joe Brown Park. The Saints organization is proud to work with its partners, including the NFL, LHSAA, Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA), RCX, NCAA, GenYouth, and Nike. Nike's contribution of customized uniforms for all participating athletes underscores the commitment to providing a professional and inclusive experience for the players.

As momentum continues to build, it's noteworthy that nine states currently recognize Girls Flag Football as a sanctioned high school sport, demonstrating widespread support for the sport's growth. Moreover, the anticipation mounts as Flag Football is set to debut in the 2028 Olympics, further solidifying its status as a globally recognized and celebrated sport.

The Saints Girls High School Flag Football season represents more than just athletic competition; it symbolizes progress, inclusivity, and the power of teamwork. The Saints organization invites the media to join us in celebrating this historic moment and supporting the next generation of female athletes.

Schedule of Games: Note: Additional games will be played weekly

April 3, 2024
The Willow School (Brees Family Field)

  • Game 1: East Jefferson vs. Willow - 4:30 PM
  • Game 2: De La Salle vs. Bonnabel - 5:20 PM
  • Game 3: Sophie B. Wright vs. McDonogh 35 - 6:10 PM

April 4, 2024
West Jefferson High School (Harold Hoss "Memstas" Stadium)

  • Game 1: Sarah T. Reed vs. Academy of Our Lady - 4:30 PM
  • Game 2: Lycée Français vs. West Jefferson - 5:20 PM

The New Orleans Saints recently hosted a kickoff event for the Saints Girls High School FLAG Football program at Sarah T. Reed High School. The event included an unboxing of brand new uniforms and their own media day photoshoot.

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