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NFL boosts youth flag football with new program

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(AP) – The NFL wants to boost flag football participation by providing kits to a half-million youngsters.

A program being announced Wednesday by Commissioner Roger Goodell will supply elementary schools and after-school programs nationwide with equipment and instruction. Six cities are targeted as focal points this year: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Seattle.

Plans are for the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, run in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, to expand nationwide in three years.

Funded as part of the league’s $45 million commitment to USA Football, the program is designed to keep children active while stressing good nutrition and enabling them to learn the basics of football.

 

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