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Inaugural season for girls high school flag football kicks off in Plainview

The inaugural season for female football players kicked off in Plainview at JFK High School as the Bellmore Merrick School District hosted the sporting event.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2022, 1:19 AM

Updated 743 days ago

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Girls hit the gridiron Monday as New York became one of just six states to allow for girls high school flag football leagues.
The inaugural season for female football players kicked off in Plainview at JFK High School as the Bellmore Merrick School District hosted the sporting event.
The league was started with the help of the New York Jets, Nike and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Players were excited to take the field.
"It's really cool, taking the tag off this jersey was like 'Oh, this is like a new thing and I get to start it,'" says Taylor Diamond, of Plainview.
Other players say it was a good moment to show that football is not just a sports for boys.
A total of 16 Long Island teams joined the High School Girls Flag Football League, which expands to over 40 teams across New Jersey and Long Island
Sofia LaSping, the first female on Long island to ever score a touchdown while playing for the Mepham High School boys football team, says she is happy the league is started.
"I'm just happy that other girls like it too and it's not only me," LaSping says.
Players and school officials hope the flag football league will create more possibility for females.
The season is expected to last seven games, going through May, and the championship will be held for teams from each state at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park.


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