April 20, 2022
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Today, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE or Department), NFL Foundation, GENYOUth, Fuel Up to Play 60, and RCX Sports announce an investment to bring NFL FLAG-In-Schools flag football kits to all K-12 public schools in Nevada over the next three years. This program will establish Nevada as the first State in the nation to bring NFL FLAG-In-Schools flag football kits to all K-12 public schools.
"As Nevada continues our recovery out of the pandemic, supporting our students' mental and physical health and expanding equitable access to school-based programs are key priorities of NDE," said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. "We are proud to partner with the NFL Foundation, GENYOUth, and RCX Sports to expand the physical education programs available to our students in an equitable way. By 2024, Nevada will be the first State in the nation to offer this valuable program at every K-12 public school, enriching the educational experience on behalf of our students. Thank you to the NFL Foundation for the generous contribution to our schools."
In light of the pandemic, NDE has worked with local and national partners to ensure students have equitable access to physical education. Thanks to today's announcement, each Nevada K-12 public school will receive a free NFL FLAG-In-Schools flag football kit to strengthen and enhance their physical education curriculum and equipment.
"The NFL Foundation is a proud partner, along with GENYOUth, Fuel Up to Play 60 and Reigning Champs Experiences, in delivering resources that schools need and kids enjoy," said Alexia Gallagher, NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of NFL Foundation. "When children have the opportunity to participate in team sports that are fun and supportive, it's a win-win for both educators and students. We are excited to be embarking on our ninth year of NFL FLAG-In-Schools this upcoming academic year."
"As GENYOUth's fastest growing program with over 25,000 school communities reaching over 15 million students, NFL FLAG-In-Schools continues to innovate in providing schools with tools and resources that engage, excite and connect kids to sports," said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. "As it enters its ninth year, we are proud of NFL FLAG-In-Schools' demonstrated record of success at increasing students' participation in physical activity."
"RCX Sports prides itself on our commitment to making sports accessible to all athletes," said Izell Reese, NFL FLAG Executive Director and GM of RCX Sports. "As the official operating partner of NFL FLAG, RCX Sports works to continue that mission and ensure that the game of flag football is available to athletes across the country."
FLAG-In-Schools flag football kits will be distributed to Nevada schools over a three-year period beginning in the 2022-23 school year. It is anticipated that over 700 flag football kits will be distributed to schools throughout Nevada.
To learn more about NFL FLAG, or to find or start an official NFL FLAG league in your community, visit https://nflflag.com/. For NFL FLAG-In-Schools updates and more, follow @nflflag, @GENYOUthNow and @FUTP60 on Twitter.
ABOUT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada's 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advance educational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NDE oversees all pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under the leadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and 30,000 educators. Learn more at doe.nv.gov