Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson has been named co-owner and chairman of NFL FLAG. The global partnership will focus on strengthening NFL FLAG domestically and expanding the league internationally.
In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX) President and former NFL safety Izell Reese to support league development and growth worldwide for both boys and girls. RCX is the official operating partner of NFL FLAG and produces some of the country’s premier youth sports events.
“Russell is a living example of the positive impact sports can have on young athletes,” said Reese. “He exhibits the qualities we want to instill in our youth on and off the field and shares NFL FLAG’s commitment to making sports accessible to all athletes.”
Wilson has worked with the flag football organizations in China, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom to help spread awareness of the sport and get athletes engaged in the game at a young age. He and his wife Ciara have used sports and music to connect with the local communities and inspire youth at an international level.
“Russell's demonstrated character, leadership, and international experience will guide NFL FLAG as a global sport in which everyone can participate—Football for All,” said Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations. “Russell’s ability to bring people together and inspire the values of football will be transformational in growth and acceptance of American football around the world."
“Participating in community events and organized sports as a child can offer countless physical, mental, and social benefits,” said Wilson. “These benefits should not be limited to athletes of any age, race, socioeconomic background or gender, and it’s important to create opportunities for boys and girls from all walks of life to be given these same advantages. We want to create opportunities for kids around the world to experience and learn the sport of football and our hope is to grow the popularity of the sport on a global level.”
Wilson will make his first official appearance as co-owner and chairman at the NFL FLAG Summit in Nevada during the NFL Draft, where he’ll speak to NFL FLAG leagues from across the U.S. about new initiatives aimed to better support teams and expand NFL FLAG’s global footprint.
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 league made available for youth ages five-17. Flag football is a growing sport with regular participation of more than three million youth and adults in the United States.
For more information and the latest news about NFL FLAG operated by RCX, visit www.NFLFLAG.com.
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