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NFL Flag Regional Tournament in Jacksonville Open to Youngsters

The road to the NFL FLAG National Championships in Orlando travels through Jacksonville. Parents or guardians may sign up their youngsters, aged 9-14, for Jacksonville's NFL Flag Regional Tournament through Saturday by calling (813) 814-4400. The tournament takes place October 20 at the Police Athletic League's McCormick Field.

Teams across the United States will participate in NFL Flag Regional Tournaments for the right to compete in the NFL Flag National Championships on November 17 in Orlando. The national championships will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2, hosted by NFL Flag spokesperson and former NFL star quarterback Boomer Ssiason.

NFL Flag players receive a jersey of their favorite NFL team, a flag football belt and a certificate of excellence. Eight NFL Flag Regional Tournaments held across the country will crown teams of eight to 10 players as champions in the following divisions:

Ages 9-11, Coed Ages 12-14, Girls Ages 12-14, Boys

All NFL Flag Regional Tournament Division Champions will advance to the national championships in Orlando, with hotel and airfare accommodations covered by the NFL. Along with Jacksonville, NFL Flag Regional Tournaments will be held in Denver; Sacramento, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; Wayne, N.J.; Preston, Md.; Henderson, Nev; and Los Angeles.

Proceeds from this youth football initiative benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis. In addition to serving as NFL Flag's official spokesperson, Esiason is an NFL Flag coach for his children's teams.

Developed and run by the National Football League, NFL Flag provides more than 250,000 girls and boys of all skill levels a fun opportunity to play non-contact flag football as well as gain football values like fair play and teamwork.

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