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NFL FLAG-In-Schools Curriculum Comes to Life with New Easy-to-Use Online Training Modules

RESTON, VA, January 11, 2018 — The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 have teamed with SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators to develop a new NFL FLAG-In-Schools online training course for health and physical educators. Designed for use in grades 3-8, these activities align with SHAPE America’s National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (PE), and are easy to integrate into existing PE curriculums or for use before, during or after school.

The popular NFL FLAG-In-Schools program aims to increase physical activity among youth by providing flag football resources to schools in underserved communities. This dynamic online course offers video-based instruction, animated lessons and tips from experienced educators to help physical educators bring this program to life for their students.

Lessons included in this curriculum are broken down into four sections that mimic a NFL player’s playing experiences; Mini Camp, Organized Team Activities (OTA’s), Pre-Season and Regular Season. Each lesson uses a combination of individual and small and large group skill development activities.

Seven modules are featured in the course:

  • Module 1 - NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program Overview
  • Module 2 - Lesson Format in the NFL FLAG Football Curriculum
  • Module 3 - Teaching Cues in the NFL FLAG Football Curriculum
  • Module 4 - NFL FLAG-In-Schools Game Rules
  • Module 5 - Sample Elementary School Activities from the Curriculum
  • Module 6 - Sample Middle School Activities from the Curriculum
  • Module 7 - Communication & Extending Flag Football Beyond PE

Get started today and put students on the path to health and physical literacy using this skills-rich, fun online course. Also available is a kid-friendly SHAPE America national standards poster to print and hang-up in schools to reinforce the lessons they have learned.

The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 first introduced the NFL FLAG-In-Schools Kits in 2014, resulting in 4.3 million students becoming more active before, during and after school. This year, NFL FLAG Kits will be distributed to an additional 4,700 schools nationwide, reaching approximately 2.6 million new students. The expansion was made possible by a renewed commitment from the NFL Foundation, amounting to nearly $1.5 million Each kit, which has been provided to schools free of charge, includes footballs, flag belts, kicking tees, posters and access to the online curriculum. To date, the program has resulted in 6.9 million students becoming more active in more than 13,000 schools in all 32 NFL club markets.

To learn more about NFL FLAG-In-Schools, visit To find or start an NFL FLAG league in your community, visit and for updates follow @NFLPlayFootball and @GENYOUth on Twitter.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools (formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit

About The NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:

About NFL FLAG powered by USA Football
NFL FLAG powered by USA Football ( provides opportunities for children ages 5-17 to enjoy America's favorite sport. With more than 400,000 participants nationwide, players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Visit to learn more.

About GENYOUth
GENYOUth empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers by convening a network of private and public partners to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that bolster healthy, high-achieving students, schools and communities nationwide. We believe that all students are change-agents, who deserve the opportunity to identify and lead innovative solutions that positively impact nutrition, physical activity, and student success. For more information about GENYOUth, visit: to learn more.

About USA Football
USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport's national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

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