Binghamton girls’ flag football team honored by Section 4, Broome County

Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:50 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) - The Binghamton girls’ flag football team made history as the first-ever Section 4 flag football champions with a win over Union-Endicott in early June. A few weeks later, the team was honored at their school with their official medals and a trophy on Thursday afternoon.

June 23, 2022, is special for another reason, however, as it is the 50-year anniversary of the implementation of Title IX in the U.S. Title IX has allowed programs like this flag football team to prosper over the last half-century, directly impacting the popularity and availability of women’s sports in the country. Since the first flag football Section 4 champ was from Broome County, County Executive Jason Garnar officially declared the day Flag Football Day in Broome County.

“There’s nothing better in my mind that this right now. I’m so happy right now,” said Patriots quarterback Olivia Ackerson. “All of us love that we’re the first team to ever do this. And to be able to bring it home for the younger kids who are coming up? It’s awesome.”

But the good news didn’t stop there for Binghamton. This inaugural flag football season was sponsored in part by the New York Giants, who have invited the Patriots out to MetLife Stadium to play a flag football game against the Section 1 champion in August.

Head coach Vaughn Labor says this is the culmination of a season of hard work, filled with developing friendships and relationships on the team.

“They were not necessarily friends. They knew each other from school, but not really friends,” Labor said. “But by the middle f the season you saw them acting like friends and you couldn’t even tell who was friends before the season and who became friends during the season. That really helped us as a team because they were there for each other and they were supportive of each other in their own ways.”

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