Anderson Children's Foundation

NFL Flag Football Cathedral City

Tackle Can Wait (2023-2024)

The Tackle CAN Wait Project was established to give children in Cathedral City, and surrounding desert cities, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football without the fear of serious injury or concussion. Research of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is becoming more prevalent. Football experts from coaches to Hall of Fame players agree, " You DO NOT need to start tackle football at a young age to be a great football player. Until tackle football is proven safe for the developing brain, we urgently recommend flag and other non-tackle versions of football before age 14." Please partner with NFL FLAG CC to help us offer a safe alternative to youth tackle football.

NFL FLAG CC, founded in May 2022, is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, positive learning environment that is affordable for all families. We practice Monday-Thursday and play flag football games on Friday nights at Dennis Keat Soccer Park in Cathedral City. NFL FLAG CC has partnered with AYSO Region 1200 to help pay for use of facilities, field, and restroom maintenance costs associated with using and maintaining a youth sporting facility. Our on-going professional relationship with AYSO and Cathedral City officials continues to directly benefit youth sports in Cathedral City.

The Tackle CAN Wait project will help spread the word about CTE and our new NFL FLAG Football League in Cathedral City. With AFC funding NFL FLAG CC will be able to offer a safer alternative to tackle football. Flag football players will receive NFL FLAG jerseys, shorts and flags. The Tackle CAN Wait project will help keep the registration affordable for more families to play flag football, allowing time for our children’s brains to develop properly. Please help us launch this exciting new NFL flag football league in Cathedral City. It will be the first and only flag football league in Cathedral City and surrounding desert cities.

Contact: Joshua Otteson, League Organizer NFL FLAG CC


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