The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing host this weekend to the third annual Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic, presented by AdventHealth, at the Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay.
According to the team’s official website, the tournament is the world’s largest sanctioned girl’s flag football tournament.
The event was initially set to take place at the Buccaneers’ practice facility, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be moved to a larger outdoor venue to ensure the safety of all participants.
The annual event features 1,200 players.
In attendance for the tournament is Buccaneers strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar, who is one of two female coaches on the team’s staff. Tampa Bay is the only NFL franchise with multiple female coaches on the staff.
“Coach Arians is always looking to push forward. He’s been progressive. He wants to do what’s right, and that’s what he believes in,” Javadifar told the Tampa Bay Times.
Bucs assistant defensive line coach Lori Locus is also expected to be in attendance.
“We wished we would’ve had this when we were younger,” said Locust. “I played backyard football. There’s not a lot of glory in that, but just the ability for these girls to have an option in this sport, and even if they don’t take it any further, just that they get to learn the game of football.”
It’s always great to see more opportunities in the sport, and what better way to enjoy the game of football than to participate in a tournament hosted by the reigning Super Bowl champions.