The Apex Raiders of Henderson, Nev., a 9- to 10-year-old coed youth flag football team, won its age division's national championship this past weekend in Orlando, Fla. at the NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl powered by USA Football.
The Apex Raiders defeated top competition from across the country in the 9-10 Coed division to capture its 2019 national title. The Henderson team earned its championship while wearing Raiders jerseys throughout the tournament.
9-10 Coed NFL FLAG Champions:
|Team and Hometown||NFL Club Represented||Team Members|
|Apex Raiders - Henderson, Nev.||Oakland Raiders||Players: Andrew Campbell, Justin Colin, Vincent Hales, Andrew Richmond, Michael Sims, Kory Villarreal and Jett Washington|
|Coaches: Omar Smith and Nathan Richmond|
NFL FLAG Championships are the annual culmination of the country's premier youth flag football program. Seventy-one (71) teams qualified for the end-of-season tournament by winning regional tournaments hosted by USA Football in 12 NFL team markets. NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments in 2018 were hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2018, more than 450,000 boys and girls ages 5-17 played NFL FLAG powered by USA Football. NFL FLAG is a fun and dynamic non-contact football experience for kids to enjoy the sport's fun and fitness while developing skills in an exciting team-centered atmosphere. Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
NFL FLAG players and coaches competed for national titles, but also attended Play Football Opening Night, had an opportunity to view the Play Football Celebrity Flag Game and participated in Youth Football & Community Day. They also attended the NFL's Pro Bowl.
The Raiders hosted the NFL FLAG Regional last November at All American Park in Las Vegas, where 35 teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah competed for the chance to play in this weekend's NFL FLAG Championships at the Pro Bowl.