A Mom’s Perspective on Girls Playing Flag Football

This post is brought to you by National Football Foundation and Future For Football.


In the whirlwind of mom life, we find ourselves wearing multiple hats – nurturer, educator, chauffeur, chef, and occasionally even referee! It’s a beautiful, yet sometimes chaotic journey that constantly reminds us of the boundless strength we possess. As we navigate through the maze of motherhood, we’re often given unique opportunities to witness our children explore the world in their own special ways. Girls playing flag football has become more and more popular. Even though it may not seem conventional in traditional terms, it’s actually a wonderful thing from a mom’s perspective. 

Nurturing the Unconventional

As moms, we’ve learned that our children’s dreams don’t come with labels. Whether they want to be astronauts or artists, we’re here to support and guide them. The rise of girls showing interest in flag football is a testament to this very idea. It’s about nurturing their passions and celebrating their uniqueness, no matter how different it might seem.

Seeing my daughter step onto that field, determined and fierce, fills me with pride. It’s a reminder that she can conquer any challenge she sets her mind to. We’re not just raising daughters; we’re raising future leaders, athletes, and trailblazers who know no boundaries.

Empowerment through Sports

Sports have always been a channel for empowerment, and flag football is no different. When our daughters engage in this dynamic sport, they’re not just learning the game; they’re learning life lessons that will shape their character. From teamwork and resilience to discipline and healthy competition, the football field becomes a classroom of empowerment.

As moms, we watch them fall, get up, and try again. We witness their camaraderie with teammates, their determination to improve, and their excitement with every touchdown. In these moments, we see the growth of strong, confident young women who know how to stand tall even in the face of challenges.

National Football Foundation Future for football Illiett Ojeda Girls Playing Flag Football: Breaking Barriers

When we think of flag football, we might think of boys tackling each other on the field. However, let’s pause for a moment and imagine our girls weaving through defenders, strategizing, and scoring those winning points. They’re not just breaking tackles; they’re breaking barriers, shattering stereotypes, and showcasing their capability to excel in any arena.

From the sidelines, we cheer louder than ever, not only for their touchdowns but for their determination to challenge norms. We’re teaching them that limitations exist only if we let them, and that their dreams are worth chasing no matter what.

The Power of a Mom’s Support

Our role as moms extends beyond providing snacks and carpool duties. Our unwavering support is a sign of strength for our children. When they see us cheering from the stands, waving our flags of encouragement, they are reminded that they’re never alone in their dreams and goals. Our belief in their abilities fuels their self-confidence and propels them to go farther than they thought possible.

Through the ups and downs of their flag football journey, we offer a safe haven where they can share their triumphs and tribulations. And when the world challenges their choice to play, we’re there to remind them that their dreams and goals matter, and their voice deserves to be heard.

National Football Foundation Future for football Illiett Ojeda Celebrating Every Victory

In the grand scheme of mom life, celebrating victories – big or small – is an essential part. When our girls score a touchdown, tackle an opponent, or simply master a new technique, we’re there with the loudest cheers and proudest smiles. These moments of triumph extend beyond the field, teaching them the importance of hard work, dedication, and resilience.

As we encourage their love for flag football, we’re nurturing their self-belief. They learn that they have the strength to chase passions, overcome obstacles, and celebrate their achievements. And as moms, we’re here to applaud every step they take towards their goals.

So here’s to the moms who stand on the sidelines, heartbeats racing with each play. 

Your unwavering encouragement is shaping not just athletes, but confident women who believe in themselves and their ability to conquer any field, be it the one with a grassy pitch or the one called life.

Get (your daughters!) in the game: To find more information about leagues in your area, check out the National Football Foundation’s Future for Football league finder.

The National Football Foundation (NFF), is a non-profit educational organization best known for selecting the annual College Football Hall of Fame. Future For Football is an initiative to celebrate the game of football while encouraging participation in the sport. Check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Illiett Ojeda
Meet Illiett! Known to walk at the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees - as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through Intentional Vision Board sessions, Wellness Retreats, DIY’s, and Fitness guidance. She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life.