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For Immediate Release 

June 23, 2023

Football Ontario and NFL Canada to Provide 100 Flag Football Kits to Schools Across the Province

Football Ontario and NFL Canada Aim to Increase Flag Participation in Schools

Hamilton, Ontario – Football Ontario has partnered with NFL Canada as a part of the NFL Flag-In-Schools Program to deliver NFL Flag Football Kits to both elementary and high schools across the province.


These Flag Football Kits include all of the essentials (equipment, flag belts, balls, etc.) to start a flag football program in school and will help to encourage schools and students to get active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment.

NFL Canada will be providing 100 Flag Kits to both elementary schools and high-schools across the province. These kits could grant upwards of 5000 kids the opportunity to play flag football in their school. 

All schools/teachers located within Ontario are eligible to apply and each application will be thoroughly reviewed. Applications will be open for the next 30 Days and the Flag Kits will be sent out to the selected schools in September.

“We are excited to ensure that NFL FLAG-In-School, and the game of flag football, is available to students across Ontario. This program opens the door for all students to benefit from the many transferable values that the game of football offers.” said David Thomson, Vice-President and Managing Director of NFL Canada.

The NFL FLAG In-Schools Program aims to increase physical activity of youth by providing flag football resources to underserved communities. These resources can be used in physical education classes, at recess, for intramurals, and in tournaments.

With this initiative, Football Ontario and NFL Canada hope to introduce more young athletes and fans to the game of football, in an accessible, fun, fast-paced and inclusive format.. The ultimate goal of this process is to create more opportunities and long-lasting programs at schools across the province.

Football Ontario and NFL Canada also wish to set up local jamborees and tournaments for participating schools in the Fall of 2023.

Football Ontario and NFL Canada hope for flag football to eventually be accessible at every school across the province and this is another step in achieving that goal.

“One of Football Ontario’s main pillars is Growth and this initiative powered by NFL Canada can help us to grow the sport of football in schools across the province. Flag football is growing at an exponential rate and our goal is to create as many established flag programs in schools as possible. These flag kits have the capacity of reaching up to 5000 Ontario students which will create a lasting impact.” says Aaron Geisler, Executive Director of Football Ontario.


Football Ontario is always looking for ways to grow the game of football and break down barriers to play across the province and by partnering with NFL Canada on this initiative, the organization is able to do just that.


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