The first ever Chicago Public Schools girls flag football league will kick off a week from Saturday on Sept. 11.
The 22-team league is the first of its kind at the high school level in Illinois. Illinois is the fifth state to launch girls flag football as a high school club/emerging sport; six additional states currently have girls flag football as a varsity sport.
All players had the opportunity to attend a kickoff jamboree in August, during which they participated in various clinics led by NFL FLAG coaches, followed by tournament-style games. The 22 teams have been split into four divisions and will each play five regular-season games from September through October. The league will hold a playoff tournament and present the Chicago Public League Girls Flag Football champion with a trophy.
Nike donated all the uniforms, which were unveiled Aug. 24-25 at Carl Schurz High School, Kenwood Academy High School and Thomas Kelly College Preparatory.
New cleats were provided for all players thanks to a donation from Bears coach Matt Nagy and a grant from Bears Care.