Collaboration Offering Commanders Flag Football League for Local Youth Announced
August 22, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2023
Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County and RCX Sports Announce Collaboration Offering Commanders Flag Football League for Local Youth
Riverdale, Md – Today the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County and Washington Commanders announced their collaboration to bring NFL FLAG Football powered by RCX Sports to local youth. The co-ed league kicks off with a skills clinic at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover on Saturday, August 19, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will begin with remarks from Department, NCAA Eligibility Center, RCX Sports, and appearances from the DC Divas, professional women’s football team. Registered youth will participate in warm-ups, stretching, drills, and scrimmage games throughout the morning.
The Flag Football League will provide a fun and enriching experience for young Commanders fans ranging from pre-k through 8th grade, focused on building self-esteem, teamwork, and commitment. The seasonal program is designed for children of all ability levels, including those with years of flag football experience and those just beginning their journey.
“We are so excited to expand our youth sports offerings focused on teaching and building confidence in the next generation of athletes in our community,” said Bill Tyler, Director of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. “The Commanders Flag Football League will bring newfound fun and energy to our residents that extend beyond FedEx Field. The establishment of this league is yet another way for us to make a positive impact in the lives of our youth.”
“This new flag football league in partnership with The Department of Parks and Rec in Prince George’s County reflects our commitment to communities across our region. The growth of flag football is exciting, and we hope this league will inspire more youth to be active participants in all sports, not just spectators,” said Valerie Biberaj, VP, Community Relations & Executive Director, Washington Commanders Charitable Foundation. “ We are truly proud of this collaboration and excited to see it serve area youth in Prince George’s County.”
“As we continue to bring NFL FLAG to new communities around the country, it’s encouraging to witness how the sport is positively impacting the lives of young athletes in these communities. I’m excited to see the involvement from our league partners, like the Washington Commanders, an organization fully invested in youth flag football in the DMV area,” said RCX Sports CEO Izell Reese. “We strive to increase accessibility and inclusivity in youth sports, so I’m grateful to the Commanders for continuing to be strong champions of flag football at all age levels.”
The 2023 Washington Commanders Flag Football League will run October 1 through November 12, 2023. Games will be held each Sunday. Registration is now open through August 31 at www.commandersflag.com. In-person registration can also be completed at the Kickoff Clinic on August 19.
About the Department
With over 52,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, and more – M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County provides an award-winning park system through progressive, quality, innovative leadership and a commitment to its community and environment. The Department delivers first-class recreational activities and programs for people of all ages and ability levels. It strives to improve the quality of life for residents in Prince George’s County and the communities in which they live, work and raise families. The Department’s facilities and services continue to evolve and expand to keep pace with the needs of its vibrant community. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com.
About RCX Sports
RCX Sports is the premier youth sports experiences business, running and operating leagues, camps, combines, tournaments, and events. Working directly with professional leagues, national governing bodies, and sports-centric businesses, such as MLS, NFL, Jr. NBA, MLB, NHL, and NAIA, RCX is committed to improving the accessibility and inclusivity of sports by creating opportunities for all athletes to play. For more information, visit rcxsports.com.
About NFL FLAG
NFL FLAG is an NFL-licensed property of more than 1,800 locally operated leagues and over 585,000 youth athletes across all 50 states and Canada. NFL FLAG is a fun and accessible non-contact program available for girls and boys ages 5-17. Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football as well as lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. RCX Sports is the official operator of NFL FLAG. Learn more online at nflflag.com.
About the Commanders Charitable Foundation
The Washington Commanders Charitable Foundation is ever-present in the community, constantly working to achieve its mission to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children who need it most. Since 2000, it has given back more than $31M to the community and currently provides support and services to more than 179,000 individuals (mostly children) annually, focusing on supporting education, children’s health and wellness and preparing them for their future. To learn more, visit https://www.commanders.com/community/charitable-foundation.
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