The NFL is dedicated to fostering the growth of women's flag football worldwide. In support of this effort, the NFL proudly endorses the RCX Sports Foundation in presenting the International Women’s Flag Football Scholarship Program, which – beginning in 2024 – aims to empower women globally by offering four scholarships for international flag football players to attend a U.S.-based college or university that offers women’s flag football as a varsity sport. Through these scholarships, the RCX Sports Foundation seeks to encourage women to pursue their passion for flag football while furthering their education.
“The International Women’s Flag Football Scholarship provide women access to resources that assist in attaining a world-class education while competing as student-athletes at the collegiate level in the sport of their choice,” said Troy Vincent, Sr., NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
The scholarships are made possible by the RCX Sports Foundation, whose goal is to develop, promote, and implement diversity and inclusion in youth sports as the non-profit arm of RCX Sports. The foundation focuses on expanding youth sports opportunities so all children can experience athletics in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
“At RCX Sports, we’re committed to increasing accessibility to sports for athletes of all ages, because sports should be available for all,” said Izell Reese, RCX Sports CEO and NFL Legend. “We’re proud to offer these scholarships through the RCX Sports Foundation to increase participation in flag football for women athletes around the world.”
Flag football is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports disciplines, played by over 20 million people in more than 100 countries, across every continent. It is the most inclusive and accessible format of football, played by people of all ages and genders, with female athletes driving some of the fastest growth.
“Flag football continues to see tremendous growth globally, with women and girls helping to drive the game forward at every level around the world,” added Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business, Major Events & International. “We are excited to see the introduction of the International Women’s Flag Football Scholarship to help create further opportunities for talented international student-athletes to play the game, while supporting their education in the U.S.”
The four scholarships will be offered to female student-athletes in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. To be eligible for the International Women’s Flag Football Scholarship, applicants must apply and be admitted to a U.S.-based college or university that offers women’s flag football as a varsity sport. Applicants must submit an essay of 500 words or less describing the impact flag football has had on them or why they are excited to play flag football at the collegiate level. They must also submit SAT/ACT scores, transcripts, a recommendation, and acceptable proof of graduation as defined by the district, state, or province.
The International Women’s Flag Football Scholarship Program supports several U.S.-based colleges and universities that offer varsity flag football for women. Some of the participating institutions include: