USC Trojan Outreach Hosts Youth Female Flag Football Camp
On Saturday, July 16, USC's Trojan Outreach program hosted The Ladies' League — a flag football camp for approximately 200 local girls.
The camp, which took place on USC's campus, was put on in partnership with LA's BEST and Dr. Jen Welter's Grrridiron Girls. LA's BEST is an afterschool enrichment program for LAUSD students, while Welter made headlines when she became the first female coaching intern in the NFL in 2015, after an impressive career playing football. Welter founded Grrridiron Girls in 2018 to serve as a role model to young women.
The Ladies' League camp included a warm-up and 10 drills followed by a flag football game. Welter was joined by some of the best female flag football players in the country, plus high school football coach Anthony Stone, LA Chargers defensive end Christian Covington, retired NFL player Asante Cleveland and USC football players Caleb Williams, Miller Moss, Garrison Madden, Briton Allen, Tuasivi Nomura, Gary Bryant Jr., Kyron Hudson, Gino Quinones, Mo Hasan and Ty Shamblin. Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the event, as did sports television host Joy Taylor.
Garcetti highlighted the growth of women's flag football and emphasized his excitement that it's close to becoming sanctioned by the LA 2028 Olympics.
Dee Ann Rivera, the Chief Operating Officer of LA's BEST, was impressed with the event.
"This event created a meaningful opportunity to empower and motivate our LA's BEST girls to dream big and work towards their goals," she said. "This is a prime example of the power of or promoting play equity. We showed our girls they can do anything and that we will provide them the support they need to actualize their aspirations."
Welter was thrilled with the opportunity, which came just after the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that allowed women to participate in collegiate sports equally to men.
"In football, the sport commonly referred to as the final frontier for women in sports, there is no more powerful place to teach girls there is no game they can not play and no field they do not belong in or on," she said. "The sport that girls have traditionally been told they cannot play is the perfect place to teach them that there is nothing they can't do. It's literally confidence through football. By bringing the girls onto USC's campus and into the game, you've given these girls permission to see themselves equal to the boys, to see that the game has a future. I had tears of joy as I heard some of the female coaches, members of the USA national team imagine a time when a school like USC would have a program for girls in flag football. In 2022, there are many places where we have long passed firsts, but football this is still the state of the game, which means, it's the place where we can make the most progress."
The campers took home a great gift bag that included a playbook, Trojan Outreach wireless earbuds and USC eye black stickers.