WAYNE, NJ - For the first time in New Jersey, high school girls will get their own football league, and Wayne's own Passaic County Vocational Technical Schools will be one of eight teams to participate in this pilot program. The league is set to begin sometime this Spring.
This is the first High School Girls Flag Football League in New Jersey, and the long-term goal is to have the sport adopted as an official high school statewide championship sport, a statement said.
Under guidelines set out by the North Jersey Super Football Conference (NJSFC) and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), eight high schools from New Jersey will participate in the inaugural season of the pilot league.
Each school will receive an $11,000 grant and equipment from the New York Jets and Nike to cover all expenses of the program.
The eight participating New Jersey high schools include:
- East Orange Campus (East Orange, NJ)
- Indian Hills High School (Oakland, NJ)
- Irvington High School (Irvington, NJ)
- Malcolm X Shabazz High School (Newark, NJ)
- Morristown High School (Morristown, NJ)
- Passaic County Vocational Technical Schools (Wayne, NJ)
- Ramapo High School (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
- William L. Dickinson High School (Jersey City, NJ)
The support from the Jets and Nike comes from a core value that "girls should have the opportunity to play football and experience everything the greatest game in the world has to offer," read a statement. "The league will provide character building, perseverance, teamwork and dedication skills that will empower these girls throughout every aspect of their lives."
"The launch of this league will create a pathway for young women to continue playing the game that they love," NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer Dawn Aponte said. "We are excited to partner with Nike in our pursuit of increasing female participation and providing opportunities to compete across all levels of football."
Clarifying that the sport is not yet sanctioned by the body that oversees high school sports in New Jersey, Colleen Maguire, COO said that the NJSIAA "applauds the Jets for creating additional opportunities for female student-athletes," as it ties in to their belief that "kids are best served by being active and engaged, and we salute the team's efforts."
The season will culminate with all eight teams participating in the first annual Jets x Nike Girls Flag Invitational. In future years, the invitational will grow to incorporate other girls' high school teams and leagues, including New York City's Public Schools Athletic League.
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