Colorado Embraces Girls Flag Football: A Historic Moment for the Future of Girls’ Sports

By Eleanor Harrison Apr24,2024
Flag football for girls is now a recognized high school sport in Colorado

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has voted to recognize girls flag football as an officially sanctioned sport, starting this fall. This decision makes Colorado the 11th state in the country to do so and will see girls flag football become the 18th CHSAA-sanctioned sport for girls and the 33rd sport overall.

Cherry Creek School District’s Director of Athletics and Activities, Larry Bull, expressed his excitement about the decision. He stated that the first year of offering girls flag football was a huge success, with tremendous growth and interest. Cherry Creek, along with Denver Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools, were among the first to offer girls flag football as a pilot program in 2022.

Athletic directors from all three school districts labeled the initiative a resounding success, with a 161 percent increase in participation in the flag football pilot program over the past year. The Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos Foundation funded and managed both pilot seasons, contributing to its success.

Broncos Owner Carrie Walton Penner described the decision to sanction girls flag football as a historic moment for Colorado and a new pathway for girls to engage in sports. She pledged that the foundation would support girls flag football by providing coaching clinics and seasonal programming as it becomes an official part of the fall sports lineup.

By Eleanor Harrison

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