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FLAG (Friends, Lesbians, and Gays) Flag Football is Boston’s premiere flag football league for the LGBTQ community and one of the largest gay sports leagues in Boston. Founded in 1998, we are a recreational football club playing on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, and we are committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable setting for those who want to play football and foster community. Since inception, we have grown from just 20 players in our first year to 24 teams of 14 players in the fall of 2019. Here are some great ways to get involved with our league:
- Sign up for regular email updates from the league.
- Find out about volunteering opportunities.
- Learn more about our annual scholarship!
- Check out our Flickr page!
- Stay current on what we’re up to! Visit our FLAG Flag Football Calendar.
Read more about us and playing flag football with our organization.
News + Events
Black History Month – 2/26 – Brittney Griner
FLAG Flag Football concludes our Black History Month Friday initiative by recognizing Brittney Griner: one of the most talented and decorated female basketball players in history, an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and a proud, gay, Black woman. While Griner came out to her family and close friends when she was young, well before attending Baylor University, she was nonetheless discouraged from competing openly by her coaches, who feared that her publicly sharing her sexual orientation would not only ruin her chances at a successful WNBA career but might also scare other young, female athletes from signing with Baylor. Unfazed by the lack of support, by the time she left Baylor, Griner was awarded Player of the Year by the Associated Press, multiple ESPYs for Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete, as well as the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. She also graduated an NCAA Champion, with her team recording an undefeated season and the most wins in NCAA history.
Following her collegiate career, Griner was drafted No. 1 in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She then came out publicly in a Sports Illustrated feature, displaying her pride and conviction for the rest of the world to see. By sharing her story at the height of her career, she motivated her peers and predecessors to similarly feel comfortable sharing their truths with the broader community. Griner is now a WNBA Champion, 6-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ, and 7-time leader in blocked shots.
In addition to winning an Olympic Gold medal, Griner has since won awards both nationally and internationally for her community service, including the prestigious WNBA Cares Community Assist Award. In the true spirit of giving, Griner even donated her All-Star Game earnings to a center that serves LGBTQ+ youth.
FFF celebrates Griner, a trailblazer in helping the WNBA become “a place where anybody and everybody is accepted and welcomed,” and an inspiration to not only gay, Black women, but athletes of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations across the globe.
Black History Month – 2/19 – Fallon Fox
FLAG Flag Football continues Black History Month Fridays by recognizing Fallon Fox, the “Queen of Swords” and the first openly transgender woman to compete in professional Mixed Martial Arts. Fox’s initial interest in MMA was sparked by her admiration of strong women breaking gender stereotypes associated with combat. After taking up the sport professionally and earning her first career knockout, Fox was prevented from coming out on her own terms, bravely disclosing that she was transgender in response to a reporter interrogating her about her gender identity.
To ensure that she controlled her own narrative, Fox offered Outsports and Sports Illustrated exclusive access to her personal life to the betterment of other transgender athletes. Fox’s public announcement prompted the Boxing Commission to put her under review and the MMA scene quickly polarized around her status. Her decision to openly compete was immediately met with hostility. Many claimed that, as a trans woman, she had an unfair advantage. Fox’s bravery and unwavering determination in the face of this unrelenting discrimination resulted in her induction into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, and has encouraged conversations and opened possibilities for trans athletes around the globe. FFF celebrates Fox’s beauty as a Black transgender pioneer in American sports.
Black History Month – 2/12 – Andraya Yearwood & Terry Miller
We continue our Black History Month Friday initiative by recognizing Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller: two transgender Black athletes who, prior to graduating from high school, exemplified extraordinary strength and courage in the face of adversity.
By refusing to stand aside when publicly criticized and shamed for competing against other women in their chosen sport of track and field, they served as pioneers for transgender youth seeking to compete as their true selves.
Heralded for their bravery worldwide, often as a pair, we proudly highlight both heroes for their fearlessness in response to hate, and for epitomizing the power of strong Black women.
Black History Month – 2/5 – Jason Collins
We kick off our Black History Monday Fridays by recognizing the heroic contributions of LGBTQIA+ professional athlete Jason Collins. Collins, a retired 13-year NBA player, became a symbol for the modern era gay rights movement in professional and collegiate athletics after disclosing that he is gay in Sports Illustrated in 2014.
His bravery in publicly acknowledging his sexual orientation made him the first active player in the “Big Four” (NBA/NFL/NHL/MLB) to come out as gay, and the first openly gay player to ever take the court. Notably, prior to him coming out, Collins changed his jersey number to 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a vicious hate crime for being gay in 1998.
Since retiring, Collins has become an ambassador for LGBTQIA+ acceptance in athletics, traveling the country with the mission of empowering inclusivity among young athletes. He has been recognized for his efforts, receiving the Courage Award from GLSEN, and was also featured in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” We proudly recognize Collins for his contributions as a Black athlete to the progress of LGBTQIA+ advancements in sports.
Black History Month
This month, we honor the incredible and lasting impact of Black Americans on the history of our country and the world. FFF joins in celebrating those Black heroes who have made critical contributions to progress and systemic change. Consistent with our mission, on Fridays for the next four weeks on our league social media channels, we will feature a Black luminary who has helped shape the athletic and LGBTQIA+ community.
Snow Bowl Update
Happy Martin Luther King Day
On a day when we honor a true hero in our nation’s history, #FFF would like to announce that in 2021, we have dedicated a position on the Board of Directors solely to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
This position is critical to not only ensuring that our league is accessible to our Black players and that we provide the same quality experience to all, but also to expanding our diversity and inclusion efforts, through volunteerism and outreach, to the Black community beyond the confines of our own league.
We are pleased to welcome Wayne Pearson as our inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and we look forward to learning, growing, and loving as MLK taught us all to do. #mlk #blacklivesmatter
FLAG Gives Back
The holidays are fast approaching, and FLAG Flag Football is getting in the spirit of giving with ‘FLAG Gives Back’! Despite these uncertain times, we continue our commitment to helping those in need by partnering with Project Bread. We may not yet be able to play, but that won’t stop us from doing what we do best: building community by coming together for a great cause.
Project Bread connects Massachusetts citizens and communities to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make it easier for everyone in the Commonwealth to access and afford food with dignity. Project Bread is focused on food justice; ensuring equitable distribution while accounting for barriers that marginalized populations might face when accessing fresh and healthy nourishment.
With 1 in 5 families unable to feed their children over the holidays, there is no greater gift than the gift of food to those in need. While many of us are facing trying times, no donation is too small! Every dollar helps, so we ask that you give what you can.
Join FFF in the spirit of giving by supporting ‘FLAG Gives Back’ to ensure we meet (and hopefully surpass!) our goal for this initiative, and help bring food to those that need it most!
Donations will be accepted through December 23rd.
Congratulations are in order for one of our very own. We are proud to announce that Jonathan Fenelon has been elected to the NGFFL Board of Directors! After a competitive vote, Jonathan will join a Board that also includes two others from Boston’s #FFF — Shigeo James Iwamiya and Bob Giannino. We appreciate all the hard work you put into the League both in Boston and now also beyond. We know you will make Boston proud!
Thank you, Patrick!
After 8 years of service on the FLAG Flag Football Board, Patrick Santos has sadly made the decision to retire. During his tenure, Patrick served in many roles, including Clerk, Treasurer, Director of Community Outreach and, most notably, Director of Volunteerism. Patrick’s tireless commitment to our League’s mission of giving back to the community has left a lasting impact. He not only volunteered countless hours himself, but also galvanized the entire FFF community to do the same. His dedication to service is unparalleled in the history of the League. Without Patrick’s efforts, the volunteerism program would not be where it is today.
To properly recognize Patrick’s service and dedication, FFF is proud to announce that our ‘Volunteer-of-the-Year Award’ has been renamed to the ‘Patrick Santos Volunteer-of-the-Year Award‘! In celebration of his tremendous commitment, Patrick will be awarded the honor in this inaugural year. Thank you for everything you have done to make our League a more generous, kind, equitable, and service-based organization, Patrick!
Your 2021 FLAG Flag Football Board
In preparation for what we hope will be a year filled with football, friends, and — most importantly — fun, FFF is happy to present your 2021 Board of Directors! Thank you to all those who submitted an application and a special thanks to our retiring Board Members for your many years of dedicated service to the League. You will be missed!
We recognize how difficult it was to not be able to play and socialize with each other this past year, and as we have for so many seasons in the past. Yet, while there are many things that still remain out of our control, your 2021 Board is energized and excited to get ready for 2021! In the meantime, we please ask two things of you:
- Keep yourselves safe & healthy so when we get the green light to play, we’re all ready to hit the fields.
- Check in on each other. The most important part of our League is that we’re a community. We’ll get through this together and come out the other side stronger than before.
League Holiday Event!
FLAG Flag Football Presents: A Holiday Sing-A-Long starring our very own Jon Richardson. Mark your calendars and tune-in Thursday, December 3rd at 8pm for a merry evening of fun and music. More details coming soon!
It is that time of year again! Your FLAG Flag Football Board eagerly invites applications for Board members to serve during the 2021 calendar year. The 2021 Board will be elected at the November Board Meeting and will be introduced to the league in December, 2020.
The Board meets regularly throughout the year — usually starting with a weekend retreat to help shape and direct our non-profit organization. The Board is looking for a diverse set of individuals that are willing to commit to serving in specific roles, while also supporting the entire Board and our community.
If you are interested in joining on the Board in 2021, please click below and complete the form by end of the day on Friday, November 6th. The complete list of Board roles and core responsibilities can be accessed by clicking here.
We have some exciting news to share about one of our own… please help us congratulate Shigeo Iwamiya for being elected National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) Board Commissioner!
While serving on the NGFFL Board for the last six years, he has strived to elevate the experiences of the NGFFL community. During that time, he has served in League roles ranging from Communications Director to Gay Bowl Liaison, including Gay Bowl XVII in Boston. During his time being involved with flag football locally and nationally, he has commented that the community has provided him with some of the most profound and positive experiences of his life, and he hopes to experience more of those by leading a NGFFL Board that gives back to our community.
Congrats again and we have NO doubt that you will make Boston proud!
FLAG Flag Football is proud to invite you to join our Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This Committee will bring together the diverse voices that make up our flag football family in order to ensure that they are all heard, both on and off the field. Your participation will help us to continue our efforts towards becoming more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming to all.
An informational Zoom call will be held on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:30 PM and is open to anyone who wants to learn more. To receive the Zoom link, and/or if you have an interest in joining the committee, please email patrick.santos@
We hope you will join us!
“Orange ya glad 2020’s over?” and Dylan Anthony took home the $200 gift card to dbar! Congratulations, Dylan! Thank you to all those who submitted the over 100 names and to all who voted! Be on the lookout for more League events we all can virtually participate in soon!
FLAG Flag Football is excited to announce our Fall Team Name Contest! Just because we’re not playing this season, doesn’t mean that we can’t still have a little fun with one of the best parts of being on a flag football team! Starting on Monday, September 28th, we want to start hearing from all of you… please send us your most creative team names for the jersey colors listed below! Send us as many names as you would like, for as many colors as you would like. Don’t worry… this is just for fun, and any names suggested now, can still be used in future seasons.
Get creative, use your imagination, be tasteful (mostly) and bring the funny! Your 2020 Board will pick the top names we receive for each color. Then YOU, our FLAG Flag Football community, will vote to select the winning team name for Fall 2020. The creator of the name with the most votes overall, will receive a $200 gift card from league sponsor, dbar!
So slide into our DMs via Facebook or Insta, or reach out to the league by sending an email with your team name suggestions to email@example.com.
Submissions are due by midnight on October 4th!
With the sad news of having to cancel our fall 2020 season, we are trying to bring a positive note to what would have been our registration day.
Here’s what we’d like to do and how you can help!
The pandemic has impacted not just us, but also the amazing organizations we support as well. Given current social distancing guidelines, we are unable to support these organizations in the ways we traditionally have. For this reason, we ask you to consider donating what would have been your fall registration fee (or a portion thereof) to one of these worthy organizations.
100% of your donations will go to the organization(s) of your choosing:
- Black Lives Matter Boston
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
- Community Servings
- Camp Lightbulb
- Campaign Zero
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Harbor to the Bay
- Special Olympics of Massachusetts
- Toys 4 Joys
- Victory Programs
“Registration” will be live at 7pm on Monday, August 10th, and you can donate by going to flagflagfootball.com/donate for up to 24 hours thru Tuesday evening. Don’t worry… we will also post the link all over FFF social media too!
Once you make your donation, please share that you donated on Facebook or Instagram, and include the hashtag #FFFGivesBack. We will randomly select one post that includes that hashtag to win a gift card to one of our league sponsors!
Thank you and stay tuned for more fun ways to engage with our FLAG Flag Football Community this fall!
Dear FLAG Flag Football Family,
We have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. In communicating with local government officials, the most recent information we have is that flag football is considered a ‘Higher Risk’ sport and current regulations would prevent play.
While we hoped that circumstances would be different, the Board recently met to discuss the viability of the upcoming season. We have come to the unfortunate conclusion that for your safety, and for the safety of the broader community, we must cancel the 2020 fall season. We know this is not the news you were hoping to hear, but the safety of our league is and always will be our first consideration.
We wish we were playing as much as you do; however, we also know that we are much bigger than a single season. Our league is about the vibrant friendships that endure year-to-year and the incredible organizations that we support through our generous volunteerism. While we may not have a fall season, never doubt that the binding connections we have with each other remain intact and strong.
Over the next few months, the Board is committed to finding new ways to keep us all engaged during these unprecedented times and will continue to monitor the evolving situation. We’ll keep everyone aware of any new developments.
Thank you and we can’t wait to see you all in the Spring of 2021!
Your 2020 FLAG Flag Football Board
FLAG Flag Football Family,
Over the past few weeks we have been continuously monitoring the evolving situation regarding the re-opening of our state and the city of Boston. On June 3rd, Governor Baker announced the latest chapter in this phased approach which allows for recommencement of some outdoor and athletic activities. However, under the present guidelines, playing flag football is presently untenable.
We know you all are enthusiastic to get back on the fields and be together as a community. We share your passion and can’t wait to see you too! We will continue to keep up-to-date on guidelines and notify you immediately when we are allowed to play.
Your 2020 FLAG Flag Football Board
Black Lives Matter T-shirts Now on Sale
In support of the Black community, FLAG Flag Football (FFF) is now offering a new t-shirt design in The Locker! Proceeds from sales will go to support Campaign Zero and Black Lives Matter Boston. These organizations focus on finding solutions to the injustices that disproportionately affect the Black community, including working to end police brutality. Additionally, FFF will match the total profit from t-shirt sales, up to $5,000, which will be split amongst the organizations. Based on your location, orders will be either dropped off at your home or shipped to you free of charge.
Winning Design Now on Sale: Healthcare Professional T-Shirt Contest
The votes are in, and the design is now available on several styles and colors! All proceeds will be going towards purchasing pre-wrapped lunches from The Blarney Stone, which will be delivered to our hardworking healthcare professionals at Fenway Health. Thanks to all those that submitted designs and to the almost 250 people that voted! Based on your location, orders will be either dropped off at your home or shipped to you free of charge. And hurry… orders need to be submitted on or before June 26th.
Fenway Health Gala Goes Virtual
Fenway Health’s annual Dinner Party and Men’s Event will be going virtual on Wednesday, June 24th! Every year, Boston’s LGBTQIA+ community and allies have come together to remember our history, celebrate how far we’ve come, and pledge to keep fighting for Fenway’s mission: that health care is a right, not a privilege… and this year that tradition will continue.
This year’s event will be extra special for our FLAG Flag Football family, as the league will be honored by receiving the Fenway Health LGBTQIA+ Impact Award! There also will be piano bar favorites from cabaret singer Jon Richardson, a former league player and captain, as well as a Board member and tournament team coach.
To help raise critically needed funds to support the health of marginalized communities, Fenway is asking for a donation of $100 (or more) to join the virtual gala set for 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, June 24th. A link will be sent out to attend to all registered participants a few days prior to the event. To learn more and to register, CLICK HERE. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
It is time to vote! Click thru to the contest page to cast your vote for your favorite designs and to learn more: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRGW57N
On behalf of your 2020 Board, I hope this note finds you healthy and safe.
As the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts unveil their respective plans for re-opening, the Board remains optimistic that we will be playing football soon. We are in close contact with local and state officials to ensure that we abide by any new public health directives, as things will certainly be a little different when we come back. At this point, we do not know when this will be. As such, we have no new announcements until these directives and time frame become clearer.
Know that the board is working hard and creatively to evaluate ALL our options for resuming our activities. We are as eager to play as you but know the health and well-being of those in our community is paramount. The Board will continue to meet and announce any updates as soon as they are available.
As an aside, thank you to the players of our league who are keeping us moving, engaged, and finding joy and levity while we aren’t on the fields. Because of efforts such as these, we are truly a community.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Show your league pride and get creative to support local medical professionals and #FFF sponsors! Pivoting from our previously announced Pride t-shirt design contest, we are encouraging our football family to submit a t-shirt design that will be printed on t-shirts and sold as a fundraiser.
To start, proceeds will go towards purchasing pre-wrapped lunches from the Blarney Stone and delivered to our hardworking healthcare professionals at Fenway Health. ALL skill levels and design formats welcomed, designs will be 4-color when printed and entries accepted through 5/31. The winning design will be selected via a league wide vote in early June and the designer will receive a $100 gift card to a league sponsoring business.
Email your entries and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Get up, get moving and get a sweat in, courtesy of FLAG Flag Football sponsor, REPS Fitness Studio! Join us this coming Tuesday at 6pm via Zoom for a social distancing friendly, 45-minute, HIIT/circuit training fitness class.
- Class is FREE!
- NO need to turn on your camera/screen share!
- NO special equipment needed!
- Exercises are designed for ANY fitness level!
- Instructed by award winning, Boston REPS Fitness Studio Manager, Matt Mellini, each class is a fun, past paced, full body workout that is exclusively for our #FFF Family! Matt brings a ton of energy to his classes, with themed music that he switches up each week, custom lighting… and you just never know what other social distancing friendly surprises await.
HURRY… each class is limited to the first 100 that sign-up! Sign-ups close at noon the day of the class. Have a question? Contact communications@FLAGflagfootball.com.
PLEASE Continue to Support Our Local, League Sponsors!
We all are experiencing our own unique challenges right now, and our league sponsors are no different. When making purchase decisions, we encourage you to keep them in mind! And when you have a positive experience with one of our sponsors, we encourage you to post your support on social media by tagging the business and the league @FLAGflagfootball on Facebook or @FLAGflagboston on Instagram.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—For all your sports medicine needs
- The Blarney Stone—Call 617-436-8223 for takeout and delivery
- Boston Chops—Delivery and gift cards available
- dbar—All proceeds from merchandise sales go towards supporting their unemployed team
- Fenway Health—Offering telehealth appointments
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care—Stay informed on what COVID-19 means for you
- Joe Castro, Real Estate Agent—Now part of Coldwell Banker South End
- Ryan Cunningham, Real Estate Attorney—Follow on social media and learn how today’s low interest rates could help you save each month when you refinance or purchase
- Stop & Shop—Offering contactless grocery delivery
- Wayfair—Receive up to 70% off during their Memorial Day clearance sale
Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship & FFF featured in Outsports!
FFF’s very own Alex Reimer articulates why we are so proud of our league, our players and what we contribute to our LGBTQ community. As a Deputy Managing Editor for Outsports, Alex writes about his own positive experiences in our league, the importance of leadership when it comes to inclusion in the sports arena and the role that the Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship is playing in making sports safer for LGBTQ youth. Click here for a great read!
2020 Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship Awarded
FLAG Flag Football is excited to present their 2020 Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 to Jacob Chaplin from Blackstone, Massachusetts. Jacob is currently a senior at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School. His contribution and efforts within his community reflect who the scholarship was founded—a graduating senior who has made high school and/or community sports safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ+ student athletes.
One of Jacob’s goals within his community is to emphasize inclusivity and acceptance in both athletic programming and the community at large. He has been a Cross Country and Track and Field athlete throughout his high school career, serving as Captain of this year’s Varsity Indoor Track Team. He is the current president of his school’s Student Council, plays leadership roles in several other extracurricular activities, and leads workshops on leadership and communication. In all that he does, he makes a difference through sports and activities to better the environment for all.
Jacob leads by example by being true to himself as an openly gay athlete. He continually addresses offensive and demeaning language by others. He leads his team by interrupting demeaning language and explaining the impact of people’s words and actions. He takes the time to ensure that offensive words and behaviors are addressed, even if they are used by or in front of fellow athletes and friends. Jacob explains that offensive language, even in jest with friends, affects the community at large as anyone in the community could be LGBTQ and that using demeaning terms could foster a hurtful or negative environment. The Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Blackstone-Milville, Symonne Scott, said, “He has grown and blossomed into a confident, outspoken advocate for his community. He joined the team as a quiet, timid young man and has since found his voice and has used it to empower not only his fellow teammates but his peers who have yet to find their voice.”
As an elected leader of the student council, Jacob is able to utilize a variety of outlets to promote LGBTQ acceptance for the community at large. He partners with the Gay Straight Alliance at BMR as well as outside organizations including Special Olympics and regional community partners. At school lunches, the GSA holds activities to demonstrate identity, create acceptance of varying identities, and to show off your own. Jacob serves as a role model by embracing the ideals of inclusivity and acceptance through his personal actions and by educating others. His efforts embody the promotion of inclusivity for the LGBTQ community and beyond, reaching out to various communities and groups that may feel left out.
Coach Scott went on to say, “[Jacob] is truly a role-model for future generations, demonstrating it is OK to be who you are and to always speak your truth, even in the face of adversity.”
Jacob will be attending the University of Maine in the fall to study political science. FLAG Flag Football is honored to present Jacob with the Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship for not only his efforts thus far, but what we know he will achieve in his future endeavors.
Who couldn’t use a little Wig N Weave right now to share a laugh?!?! FLAG’s dynamic duo is back, and their entertaining and informative podcast “Stay Snatched” is now, wait for it… a VIDEOCAST! That’s right, for the foreseeable future, they are coming at you roughly once a week on their new YouTube Channel. Keep up on league news, their take on things to keep you entertained while self-quarantining, interviews and games with fellow footballers, how you can support our league sponsors and, of course, a splash of tea mixed in. Follow FFF social media to stay updated on when new episodes are available. ‘Til the next episode, Stay Snatched!
CANCELLED: Gay Bowl XX in Hawaii
We are disappointed to announce that Gay Bowl XX, that was to be hosted by HIGFFL in Hawaii later this year, has been cancelled. The decision was a very difficult one for the tournament’s host committee to make, but with the unpredictable challenges that COVID-19 has introduced, the committee reacted as quickly as possible to help limit the additional complications for footballers who were planning to make the trip west. Boston Tournament Team players should look for additional information from your captain and FFF soon, or visit the National Gay Flag Football League Facebook Page for more information via this video that was recently posted.
Support Our Local, League Sponsors!
We all are experiencing our own unique challenges right now, and our league sponsors are no different. When making purchase decisions, we encourage you to keep them in mind. Listed below are a few of our local business sponsors, with ways you can help support them right now and how they can benefit you! If you have a positive experience with one of our sponsors, we encourage you to post your support on social media, and tag the business and @FLAGflagfootball on Facebook or @FLAGflagboston on Instagram.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – For all your sports medicine needs
- The Blarney Stone – Call 617-436-8223 for takeout and delivery
- Boston Chops – Delivery and gift cards available
- dbar – All merchandise sales proceeds go towards supporting their unemployed team
- Fenway Health – Now offering telehealth appointments
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care – Stay informed on what COVID-19 means for you
- Joe Castro – Now part of Coldwell Banker South End Team
- Stop & Shop – Now offering contactless grocery delivery
- Wayfair – Receive up to 70% off during their home renovation sale
Now accepting applications for the 2020 Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship.
FLAG Flag Football will be awarding up to $5,000 to a graduating Massachusetts high school student or students who will be attending a two- or four-year college or a post-high school career school in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with the mission of our organization, students of all athletic skill levels, achievement, and contributions are encouraged to apply. The award will be based on responses to the questions below and two letters of reference. All students are welcome and encouraged to apply: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or straight.
Applications must be post-marked no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.
Click here to read about previous recipients.
Dear FLAG Flag Football Community,
Since our last note to you, the 2020 FLAG Flag Football (FFF) Board of Directors has been closely monitoring the evolving impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Based on city, state and federal mandates, as well as guidance from the CDC and other recognized health organizations, the FFF Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Season and all accompanying events until further notice. This includes any travel team practices and gatherings.
This decision was not made lightly. It was reached after careful consideration of many factors, and was based on what the Board felt was the best course of action in order to protect the health and safety of our players, football family, and the greater community that we serve as part of our mission. As a service-based organization, we believe that we have a civic duty to do our part to help reduce the spread of the virus. We are disappointed, but are confident that this was a necessary step for the greater good.
Reimbursement for all 2020 Spring Season registration fees will be issued on or before April 4, 2020. If you have any questions, please email registration@flagflagfootball.
NOW, that being said, all is by NO means lost! Once larger, public gatherings are permitted, our field permits have been reinstated, and we are assured that concerns surrounding COVID-19 have been reduced to a safe level, we will communicate our plans for future league-wide socials, possible league organized flag football games, and volunteer opportunities.
Stay healthy and take care of each other!
– 2020 FFF Board of Directors
Dear FLAG Flag Football Community,
We hope you all are enjoying the longer days and the recent warmer weather! As the Spring 2020 Flag Football Season approaches, the Board is continuing to plan for our spring season. Also, as part of our efforts, we have been discussing how our league will monitor and react to the impacts of COVID-19 (more commonly being called Coronavirus). Based on those continuing conversations, we wanted to send out a note that outlines best practices to help with player health and safety around the virus. The best news, as of this email, is the spring season is still on schedule to be played!
As we all seemingly are aware, the situation surrounding Coronavirus continues to develop. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly have been updating their statistics as more is learned about the disease, and communicating on those who are the most at risk. To date, the CDC believes the current risk to the American public is thought to be low, however, there are still steps that individuals and organizations can take to protect themselves.
The CDC recommends that individuals follow the below, everyday, common sense preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are experiencing any respiratory disease symptoms
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol
- Frequently disinfectant touched surfaces and objects
- To align with the CDC recommendations, FLAG Flag Football is encouraging all players, referees and spectators to adopt the following best practices during our approaching season:
- DO NOT attend any league games, practices or events (including socials) if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory illness symptoms
- If you will be missing a game, practice, or team event, please inform your Captain
- If Captains have a significant number of players missing due to illness that appear to be respiratory in nature, please alert a Board Member immediately
- Practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, as noted above
- With limited water resources available at our fields, we recommend bringing your own, alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the fields
- Know that you should not feel obligated to come into contact with others outside of the game, such as pre- and post-game handshakes
- We suggest replacing high fives and handshakes with elbow taps
- Wash hands before and after each game
The situation around the virus is evolving and more information is becoming available each day. Rest assured that your 2020 Board is monitoring the situation, but again, as of the sending of this communication, the 2020 Spring Flag Football Season is on schedule to be played as planned. If that changes, or there is additional info that the Board feels we should share, you will receive another email with more information.
Your health and safety are paramount. If you do not feel comfortable playing for any reason, we will work with you to refund your registration fee—no questions asked. Email registration@flagflagfootball.
We look forward to seeing you on the fields in what will undoubtedly be our best season yet!
2020 FLAG Flag Football Board of Directors
After a LONG, COLD, HARD winter… oh wait, that actually really never happened. Either way, spring arrives for the league TODAY! Registration for our Spring 2020 Season (7 weekends of football this spring!) opens on TONIGHT—Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM sharp. You can access our registration portal after 7 PM tonight via the link immediately below.
Register as close to 7 PM as you can, as in previous years we have reached capacity within an hour (or less) of opening. If you are unable to be in front of a computer at that time, don’t worry. Our registration process is mobile-friendly using Chrome and Firefox web browsers. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed there are compatibility issues with Safari, so please avoid using it on your phone. All web browsers appear to be supported on desktops/laptops.
There are a few steps you can do now before registration opens to help save time!
- Visit the SportsEngine website and set up an account. If you already have an account, please make sure all of your information is up-to-date.
- Have a headshot of yourself ready to upload during registration on Monday. We will be using the photo that you upload during the draft process, so we ask that you provide photos that clearly show your face (i.e., no sunglasses or hats).
ALL PLAYERS that complete the registration form AND submit the $70 registration fee are guaranteed to be placed on a team.
New this season! As part of our ongoing efforts to make our league accessible to everyone, we are introducing a new payment option. Players now have the choice to pay in full at the time of registration -OR- pay half at registration time and have the remaining balance automatically deducted on March 23rd.
For the spring season, players have the option to sign up solo or with one friend. Remember that all players must register individually. If you elect to sign up as a duo, you will need to fill in your friend’s name on your registration form. If both players register before we reach capacity and pay the registration fee (at least half), they are guaranteed to be placed on a team together.
If you end up on our wait list, we will try our best to place you on a team when/if a spot becomes available.
Games will be played starting on Saturday, April 4th and ending with Rosie Bowl on Saturday, May 16th. A schedule of spring events is below, with more details to follow soon.
For questions about registration, please email us at email@example.com.
FLAG Flag Football will be receiving the Fenway Health Impact Award on March 14th!
The league is honored to be receiving the Fenway Health LGBTQ Impact Award at their 27th Men’s Event in March! The award honors and celebrates individuals and/or organizations whose actions manifest positive leadership, visibility, and impact, for the gay, bisexual, and trans community, as well as inspire others to strive for personal excellence and the betterment of society. The league will join Governor Deval Patrick, The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Senator Edward M, Kennedy, Ayanna Pressley, Greg Louganis and others, who also have been previously recognized at the event.
We are thrilled, and we hope you are as well! We all have contributed in making the league what it is today, and we are excited for the future!!
The league will also be hosting a pre-party for all FFF attendees prior to the event and we’ll be supplying a lapel pin to wear to show off your league pride later that evening. Stay tuned for more details!
2020 Spring Registration is quickly approaching!
Registration for the 2020 Spring Season will open on Monday, March 2nd at 7 PM on our website at FLAGflagfootball.com.
Based on player feedback, we have decreased the number of players people can sign-up with in the spring, but we also wanted to continue to give players the opportunity to sign up with a friend. Players can sign up as pairs and will be put on the same team. Please note, each player will have to register individually.
If you have any questions about registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Skills Clinic is back this spring for all new players!
Signing up with someone new to the league? Help us get the word out that they please need to save the date of Saturday, March 28th and join us at Roberts Playground in Dorchester from 10am–12pm—PLEASE be there by 10:45am to sign in and for a brief orientation. This program is MANDATORY for new players to the league as this is their opportunity to come out and learn about the game and meet this season’s captains!
All attendees should bring:
- Cleats (non-metal!)
- Shorts/Pants (with NO pockets!)
- Gloves (not mandatory, but some players find them helpful!)
- Comfy shirt
Volunteers: We will be reaching out to several returning players in the league to help with the Skills Clinic. We would ask that returning players not involved in the Skills Clinic meet up with us at the Blarney Stone afterwards to welcome new players to the League.
If you have any questions regarding the Skills Clinic, please contact Trevor Nardini, Director of Play: email@example.com.
The Skills Clinic will be over, spring teams will be drafted, and it will be time to party! This will be the event to meet your Spring Captain, hang out with your new teammates, and learn more about the Spring Season. Block off noon–2:00 PM on that Sunday and look for more information soon on what to expect… including a different venue for this season. New season, new team, new name, new event location!
Calling All Spring Captains!
“The most important thing to remember is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
— Kobe Bryant —
Have you ever…
- Been at the Blarney thinking to yourself, “I could run our team!”
- Desired to give back to a league that has given you so much?
- Wanted to develop your leadership skills, on and off the field?
- Craved a chance to guide and build on the vision of our league?
- Thought you’d like to get more involved?
- Wished to shape your OWN experience in the league?
Now is YOUR time!
Your 2020 Board of Directors is interested in recruiting, developing and retaining high quality captains. Don’t know all the rules? Not confident with positions? Afraid your team social will be a bust? NOT TO WORRY! The league is continuing our second year of our Captain’s College for newly appointed captains to attend. This highly prestigious, highly selective college seeks strong candidates for the Spring Class of 2020: those who are willing to lead by example, go the distance, and make a difference for our players and for our league at large! Lead by tenured Professor Scott Williams, you will certainly gain all the skills you need to be successful, as you graduate into the role of Captain!
Once all applications have been submitted, the Board will select the upcoming season’s captains based on the following criteria:
- Ability to represent and promote FLAG Flag Football in a positive manner at all times including—but not limited to—good sportsmanship and the ability to put fairness above winning;
- Ability to communicate well with others both on and off the field including the Director of Captains;
- Ability to lead by example including—but not limited to—positive character, placing league values of inclusion first, interleague community, participation, and fairness above winning;
- Ability and willingness to promote and attend a majority of league-sponsored events, including games during the season;
- Ability and willingness to organize team social events throughout the season;
- Ability and willingness to promote and attend volunteer events to enhance the mission and vision of the league;
- Familiarity with league rules and a general understanding of the game of football through your time spent playing and refereeing in the league;
- Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, and raise team morale in a positive manner.
Questions or concerns? We’re here to help! Shoot an e-mail to Scott Williams, the 2020 Director of Captains: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit your application by end of day on Monday, Feb. 17th!
Spring Season 2020: Save the Dates
Spring Season plans are quickly coming together, and your 2020 Board is in full planning mode. The Board has looked at survey feedback on how to structure the season, spoken with several others throughout the league and have aligned on the anticipated schedule below. Based on player feedback, we have reduced the number of players people can sign-up with in the spring, but we also wanted to continue to give players the opportunity to sign up with one friend.
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Monday, March 2nd: Spring Registration
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Friday, March 20th: Applications for the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship Due
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Saturday, March 28th: Clinic Day and Draft
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Sunday, March 29th: Meet Your Team Party
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Saturday, April 4th: First Day of Spring Play
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Saturday, May 9th: Friends and Family Day
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Thursday, May 14th: League Drag Show
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Saturday, May 16th: Rosie Bowl
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Sunday, May 17th: Season End Party
Volunteer in February!
Volunteerism is big part of what our league is built on and is a great way to meet some new people in the league who you might not already know, while also helping give back to our community. The league is looking for volunteers to help with the events below:
- Community Servings: Tuesday, February 11th, 179 Armory Street, Jamaica Plain, 6–8 PM
- Boston Living Center: Monday, February 24th, 29 Stanhope Street, Boston, 5:30–8 PM
To learn more and/or sign up, contact our Director of Volunteerism: email@example.com
It has just been announced that FLAG Flag Football will be receiving The Fenway Health LGBTQ Impact Award at their 27th Men’s Event in March!
The award honors and celebrates individuals and/or organizations whose actions manifest positive leadership, visibility, and impact, for the gay, bisexual and trans community, as well as inspire others to strive for personal excellence and the betterment of society. The League will join Governor Deval Patrick, The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Senator Edward M, Kennedy, Greg Louganis and others who also have been previously recognized at the event.
We are extremely proud to be accepting this award—we hope you all are as well! We all have contributed to making the league what it is today, and we are excited for our future!
Hoping to attend the Men’s Event on March 14th? Call 617-927-6350 and mention FLAG Flag Football for $50 off tickets—discount not available online.
Congrats to Bob and Shigeo!
Congratulations to our league’s very own Bob Giannino and Shigeo Iwamiya on their election and re-election, respectively, to the National Gay Flag Football League Board of Directors! Both will serve a two-year term. It is a tremendous honor accomplished by only a select few and showcases their ongoing dedication to our sport. The National Board looks forward to continuing their efforts to be the greatest place for LGBTQ+ athletes to experience all the wonderful things that come from participation in team sports. Congrats again Bob and Shigeo—we know you will make Boston proud!
Snow Bowl + Super Bowl Sunday Fun Day!
Get your day started at Snow Bowl! Join us on Sunday, February 2nd for our 18th Snow Bowl! Games will start at 10:00 AM and we are hoping to field at least four teams, in a pick-up game format. Bring your friends — the games are open to everyone and are a great opportunity for anyone new to check out the league! After the games, head down to Blarney Stone to warm up with food and drinks.
Then… Sunday Fun Day continues, with a FLAG Flag Football Super Bowl Party at Blend! Doors open at 5 PM and the big game kicks off at 6:30. We’ll have games, some food, shot boys, cornhole, Super Bowl Squares available… and a surprise, guest host for the evening. This event will be a fundraiser for Gay Bowl XX Tournament Teams as they start their fundraising to play in Hawaii this coming October.
More details to come for both events, but RSVP above and save the date of Sunday, February 2nd — hope to see you at both events!
FLAG Flag Football Board Retreat!
Looking forward to an amazing 2020!!
2019 Fall Season-End Survey
Have your voice heard! It has been a few weeks since we released our season-end survey and we want to collect as many responses as possible. As part of the survey, we ask your opinion about if you would be willing to move game days to Sundays — playing on better quality fields, experiencing shorter breaks between games, etc. Time is running out to let us know your opinion!
Your responses to this survey will help guide the decisions we make moving into next season and beyond, so your thoughtful feedback matters. Thanks in advance and hurry…you have until December 30th to respond!
2019 Fall Captain and Referee Appreciation, and Your 2020 Board in Action
Your 2019 Fall Captains and Referees celebrated the season last week at Blarney Stone at our Annual Appreciation Event — reminiscing, laughing and possibly with occasional trash talk. Congratulations again to Billy Carr, Tim Walsh, and all the White Claws on their 2019 SuperFabulous Championship! And to everyone who played, thank you again for a great season and we are looking forward to the Spring Season.
Also, while the captains and referees began their evening, your 2020 Board was holding the first, official meeting of the term in the event room at Blarney. Topics discussed included position assignments and responsibilities, transition from 2019, the upcoming retreat for board members in late January, etc. We are excited to continue our planning for 2020 and for future announcements to come!
2020 Tournament Team Sign-Ups and Fundraising
We know it seems early, but with the unique circumstance of Gay Bowl XX being played in Hawaii this coming October 8-11th, we are not wasting any time getting organized! It’s still to be determined how many teams will be heading to Honolulu, but once sign-ups are complete, we will have a better idea of how many teams likely will be formed. Once those rosters are more defined, the league will work with tournament team captains and their teams to help support their fundraising efforts. The league will not be using league funds to directly pay for players to attend Gay Bowl XX, but the league will assist and support those teams in their fundraising efforts.
Players interested in being a travel team captain will need to submit an application. Additionally, players will have the ability to nominate Boston captains for Gay Bowl XX teams.
- If you are interested in being considered for a 2020 Gay Bowl XX Tournament Team, please sign up by clicking HERE.
- If you are interested in being a captain, or nominating someone as a captain, for Gay Bowl XX, please CLICK HERE.
We’re looking to build off of our amazing showing in New York City this past October!