Caption: (L-R): Moderator, Noel Grigsby, Rams Coordinator of Social Justice & Football Development, Lydia Lee, Rams Associate Manager, Partnership Operations; Mia Hernandez, Rams Partnership Marketing Team; Zina Jones, Teacher/Prep Football & Basketball Official; and Connie Wells, Prep Football Official, as they formed the Discussion Panel during the Rams & Nike All-Girls Flag Football Clinic that was held at Challengers Field. They are all pictured addressing the participants, prior to the start of the Camp. Special Note From The Editor: Due to several technical audio glitches during the panel discussion and the camp, the quality of our audio will fluctuate. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may cause. Many Thanks for your understanding.
(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The Rams and co-sponsor, Nike, closed out their annual celebration of their 2023 Women’s History Month with a great All-Girls Flag Football Clinic that took place at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles – Challengers Clubhouse, located in South Los Angeles.
It was attended by more than 120 young participants who, upon their arrival, came first to the Club’s Gymnasium for the uniquely designed panel discussion, which was then followed by a structured camp of skills and drills sessions on the now retired, Rams All-Pro, #77/Andrew Whitworth Challengers Field dedicated last January. All of the young ladies were members of the Boys & Girls Clubs representing neighborhoods located within the City and the County of Los Angeles.
This is the story that we have put together for our viewers and followers who have daughters, step-daughters, or foster female children that may have an interest in learning how to play this newly recognized competitive sport at the high school level and other levels of play. The Rams have made a concerted and serious commitment in conducting clinics, along with the distribution of player equipment and other team resources for those communities that are interested in promoting this fast-growing sport with them.
Please give a good read at the press announcement and also take a close look at the video that we have produced which will give everyone who sees this, a much better and clearer understanding of how the Rams provide this type of clinic and camp combine, with a great learning and outreach environment to all who attend them.
LOS ANGELES RAMS HOST FINAL GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL CLINIC & PANEL DISCUSSION IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
In the celebration of Women’s History Month, the Los Angeles Rams hosted numerous girls’ flag football clinics for local elementary, middle and high school students. During the Clinics, attendees participated in football-related drills and competitions led by women from the Los Angeles Legends Sports Organization. Additionally, Rams staff members and women in sports across the Los Angeles region participated in panel discussions focused on their experiences playing sports and how the skills they gained as athletes translate to working in professional sports.
These camps aimed to raise awareness of girls’ flag football and empower the next generation of women athletes by showing them the pathways available on and off the field.
The Rams’ Women’s History Month efforts successfully culminated with a skills and drills clinic for more than 200 elementary and middle school girls served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles – Challengers Clubhouse. The participants received “We Are FootbALL” T-shirts, eye black and flags, as well as Nike shorts and duffle bags.
To begin the month of March, Nike sponsored four high school clinics and provided participants with Nike “We Are FootbALL” t-shirts, shorts and duffle bags. They also received arm sleeves, wristbands, headbands and gloves from the Rams and Gatorade provided hydration products, squeeze bottles, bags and towels. In addition, USA Football provided the elementary and middle school clinic participants with “We Are FootbALL” t-shirts, eye black and flags.
To support the growth of girls flag football, the Rams and USA Football have provided a Girls Flag Football Resource Package with information about rules, grants, equipment and practice plans to high school flag programs throughout Southern California. In addition, the Rams and USA Football have also provided equipment kits to 100 local high schools to assist with practices and games.
For additional background on the spreading of girls flag football here in Los Angeles and all of Southern California, in January 2022, the Rams and Chargers launched the Los Angeles Girls Flag Football League of Champions. Last season, the Rams and Chargers grew the league from eight teams to 16 teams with the support of Nike, USA Football and Gatorade. The Rams and Chargers provided players with uniforms in partnership with Nike, stipends for coaches, coaching manuals, officials, athletic trainers, as well as equipment and transportation for the five-week season. The goal of the League of Champions is to create more opportunities for young women to engage in football.
On Friday, February 3rd of this year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sanctioned girls’ flag football in high schools across California. This achievement allows young women across our state to continue to pursue their passion, elevate football to next level, and become future leaders in sports and in the community.
The Rams Women’s History Month efforts very successfully celebrated the growth of football, the players of today, and the generations of tomorrow who will greatly benefit from increased access to team sports.