(East Los Angeles, CA)[From The Editor’s Desk]: Two weeks before Super Bowl LVII, the Rams and Chargers co-sponsored their inaugural Girls Flag Football League of Champions Super Bowl at Redondo Union High School. It was attended by all of the rostered school teams and their Coaches that recently completed the League’s second full season of play. For all of the details regarding this remarkable event and the ramifications it will have on high school sports in our CIF/L.A. City Section (LAUSD), and many other School Districts in the CIF/Southern Section, please give this story a very good read.
The winner of the day’s “7-on-7” tournament was Gardena/Serra High School as they defeated Long Beach Poly by the score of (19-18). Voted MVP of the Tournament was Anyssa Saa. Schools that took part in the Super Bowl-themed tournament are listed below in the announcement. Here is the joint press announcement that was issued to the local media outlets who cover both NFL teams.
LOS ANGELES RAMS AND LOS ANGELES CHARGERS HOST LOS ANGELES GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER BOWL
On January 29th, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers hosted the Los Angeles Girls Flag Football League of Champions Super Bowl, supported by USA Football and Nike, and fueled by Gatorade, to culminate the second season of the girls’ flag league. The 14 participating teams competed in a 7-on-7 single-game elimination tournament.
The event featured an opening ceremony with welcoming remarks from Rams Coordinator of Social Justice and Football Development NOEL GRIGSBY, Chargers Manager of Football Development ANGELLICA GRAYSON and CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section Executive Committee President-Elect and Monrovia Unified School District Director of Secondary Educational Services DR. PAULA HART RODAS. In addition, a captain nominated by coaches from each team was awarded a trophy during the ceremony. To conclude the tournament, the champions and their MVP were awarded during a trophy presentation at 4:30 p.m. PT. Rams Cheerleaders and mascot Rampage were in attendance to interact with attendees from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT and Little Caesars pizza was provided to participants.
The Rams and Chargers co-sponsor the League of Champions and provide players with uniforms (courtesy of Nike), stipends for coaches, coaching manuals, officials, athletic trainers, as well as equipment and transportation for the seven-week season. The league is made up of 14 teams. Each team has up to 25 players and two coaches. The league features teams from Crenshaw High School, Hamilton High School, Hawthorne High School, Inglewood High School, Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, King Drew High School, Lawndale High School, Long Beach Poly High School, Morningside High School, Redondo Union High School, Rise Kohyang High School, Sierra Vista High School, St. Bernard High School and YULA Girls High School. Earlier in the 2022 season, the Rams and Chargers hosted their second annual jersey unveiling for the League of Champions at SoFi Stadium. The teams were given their jerseys and received USA Football flag kits and Gatorade products.
Last year, the Rams and Chargers partnered to launch the Los Angeles Girls Flag Football League of Champions for eight local high schools. The first season kicked off in January 2022 and the championship match was hosted at the official Super Bowl Experience. Additionally, select League of Champions players participated as Super Bowl LVI coin toss captains.
On Thursday, September 29, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section voted to make girls flag football an official sport beginning in the 2023-24 school year. The goal of the Los Angeles Girls Flag Football League of Champions is to create more opportunities for young women to engage in the game of football and eventually sanction the sport of girls high school flag at the State level to open the door for scholarship opportunities and much more. On Friday, February 3, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) decided to sanction girls flag football in high schools across California.
The Rams and Chargers believe football is a game that develops transferrable life skills and strong character, promotes health and wellness, enhances opportunities to further education, and broadens perspectives while building a sense of community. The Rams and Chargers view girls flag football as a vehicle to create more pathways for young women in sports.