In June, the National Football League partnered with the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) to celebrate Olympic Day with a showcase of flag football in Africa.
Olympic Day has been held on June 23 every year since 1948. According to the NFL, the event took place in Accra, Ghana, as children aged 12 to 14 from 10 local schools in the area joined the stars and legends of the NFL and the Ghana American Football Federation. play flag football and celebrate Olympic Day by wearing the colors of the Olympic rings and showcasing #OlympicDay and #MoveForPeace posts. The young participants also took lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. The NFL and IFAF have partnered with sports organizations around the world to promote the theme ‘Move For Peace’ – aligned with the International Olympic Committee’s global message ‘Together for a better world’.
Flag Football Day was one of many sporting activities, including a local talent identification camp and fan event, during NFL Africa: The Touchdown, a week of festivities designed to engage the growing fan base of American football and attract new players and fans. across the country and the wider region.
In particular, the IFAF and the NFL promote flag football, the fastest, most inclusive and non-contact discipline in American football to advance the sport’s international expansion plans and accelerate global growth. With more than 100 players of African origin [born in Africa or first generation born in the U.S.] playing in the NFL, this week’s events highlighted the contributions of its African players and introduced the sport to the next generation of fans.
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body of American football and is responsible for all regulatory, competitive, performance and development aspects of the game globally. Provisionally recognized by the International Olympic Committee, IFAF is a member of GAISF and a signatory to the WADA Code. IFAF has 72 member nations on five continents.
Joseph Phillips is the sports editor of the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.