TAMPA, Fla. — For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation is hosting the largest girls flag football tournament in the US!
The Girls High School Flag Football Preseason Classic kicks off Wednesday and features a total of 1,200 girls from 57 teams, according to a press release. The teams will play a round-robin style tournament, utilizing all four practice fields at AdventHealth Training Center.
.@BucsFoundation is hosting the largest girls flag football tournament in the nation beginning today 💪— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 26, 2020
The release says the event has doubled in size from last year, with 25 teams from Hillsborough County alone. This year the event will include a "Friday Night Lights" match-up between 2019 Class 1A and 2A state champions Robinson High School and Alonso High School.
"To have the Buccaneers Foundation host the largest girls flag football tournament speaks to how much this sport has grown," said Executive Vice President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation Brian Bell. "It also speaks to the amazing work we're doing as far as leveling the playing field for girls. We are providing an environment for all of them to come to a professional NFL team facility for what they know is a premier tournament."
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Owner/President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Women's Sports Foundation CEO Dr. Deborah Antoine will speak to the participants on Friday before the tournament starts.
"I think it's really going to be a lot of fun," said Bell.
For more information on the event and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, click here.