Immediate: August 2, 2021
Garden City, NY — Nassau Community College has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation, the National Football League (NFL) and the Reigning Champs Experience (RCX) to begin offering women’s flag football as an official sport at the College for the 2022-2023 academic year.
SUNY Nassau was one of 15 NJCAA member colleges chosen to receive $10,000 in grant funds. The grants were awarded to schools who expressed an interest in starting a collegiate varsity women’s flag football program on campus.
“At Nassau Community College we are focused on providing our students with a high-quality education, excellent support services, and extracurricular activities that provide a solid foundation for their future successes,” said Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, President, Nassau Community College. “We thank the NJCAA, the NFL and Reigning Champs Experiences for providing the College with the opportunity to bring this athletic offering to our students. We truly are a community at SUNY Nassau and our coaches are laser-focused on the student-athlete achieving. We look forward to cheering on the Lions Women’s Flag Football team in the 2023 season.”
The College is currently in the selection process for a head women’s football coach and will start recruiting students for the spring 2023 season once the coach has been selected.
Women’s flag football will become the 25th intercollegiate athletics offering at SUNY Nassau, joining baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, Esports, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
“The NJCAA Foundation is passionate about the value women’s flag football brings to institutions’ overall growth, the student-athlete experience, and equality across playing fields,” stated Brian Luckett, NJCAA Foundation Executive Director. “This is an opportunity for women of the association to compete at the highest level and we are fortunate to work hand in hand with NFL FLAG and Reigning Champs Experiences during this exciting time.”
"The NJCAA expanding NFL Flag opportunities for female student athletes at member institutions demonstrates clearly that football is for all," said Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations Troy Vincent, Sr. "The values, fun and competitive environment of football can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone who wishes to participate. It is exciting to see junior colleges offer NFL FLAG as a varsity sport to female athletes."
"RCX is dedicated to creating opportunities for all athletes to play and so that every child can gain important life skills only learned through sports," said RCX Sports CEO and NFL FLAG Executive Director Izell Reese. "Through NJCAA women's flag football, young women will not only be able to compete, they'll earn a valuable education that will set them up for success after college."
Nassau Community College is an institution where more than 14,000 full-time, part-time, Workforce Development and continuing education students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 80 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State SUNY System, Nassau Community College offers a high-quality education and excellent support services, providing students with a solid foundation for their future successes.
About NJCAA Foundation
The mission of the NJCAA Foundation is to enhance the NJCAA national organization, student-athletes, member colleges and local communities through financial support, scholarships, program initiatives and community service.
About RCX Sports
RCX Sports is the premier youth-sports experiences business, running and operating leagues, camps, combines, tournaments and events. RCX works with professional leagues, national governing bodies, sports-centric businesses and brands to reimagine youth sports experiences. RCX produces events with world-class partners including the NFL, Jr. NBA, NAIA, Rivals.com and the 2022 World Games.
RCX is committed to improving the accessibility and inclusivity of sports by enhancing the youth sports experience and creating opportunities for all athletes to play. We believe sports have the power to transform lives and that every athlete should have the opportunity to experience the value of sports. For more information, visit www.rcxsports.com.
About NFL Flag
NFL FLAG is an NFL-licensed property of more than 1,600 locally operated leagues and over 500,000 youth athletes across all 50 states. NFL FLAG is a fun and accessible non-contact program available for girls and boys ages 5-17. Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football as well as lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. RCX Sports is the official operator of NFL FLAG.
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