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Aliguma Foundation: American Flag/Tag Football Debut in Acholi Quarters this Weekend! 🏈

The Aliguma Foundation, in partnership with the American Football Federation in Uganda (AFFU), is organizing the first-ever National Flag/Tag Football event in the community of Acholi Quarters in Uganda. The event will take place on Sunday, April 21, 

A photo of an LA Chargers' football. LA Chargers is one of the U.S. NFL League franchises
Aliguma Foundation file photo | LAC American Football pic. by Ritah Aliguma 2023, LA

In Uganda, sports such as football (aka soccer) , netball, rugby, athletics, cricket, basketball, and volleyball are popular. However, people who haven't developed their skills in these sports may not enjoy playing them. That's where flag football comes in handy. It's a modified version of American football where players wear flags on their waist/hip instead of tackling. It's a less physical sport, making it perfect for recreational leagues, schools, and

organizations. The game rules are similar to tackle football, and it can have 5-8 players per team, usually played on smaller fields.

Ritah Aliguma, the CEO/Founder of the Aliguma Foundation, was nominated by the United States of America (U.S.) Embassy in Uganda (under the U.S. Department of State) to participate in the Global Sports Mentorship Program (GSMP) in 2023. During the program, Ritah was introduced to flag football and one of the main sports leagues in the USA, the National Football League (NFL). It was an eye-opening experience for her and the Aliguma Foundation, at large, hence the decision to adopt the sport and use it to help the community of Acholi Quarters in Kireka.

The characteristics of flag/tag football make it an ideal sport for the community of Acholi Quarters. It can be played by people of all ages and skill levels, and it's an interesting sport that can attract a lot of attention. Therefore, it can be used for community mobilization and awareness creation on all the other issues affecting Acholi Quarters.

Ritajh Aliguma standing poses infront of the NFL logo during her time with the GSMP program, 2023
Ritah Aliguma (CEO,Aliguma Foundation Inc. GSMP/NFL 2023

Aliguma Foundation's CEO and Founder, Ritah Aliguma's GSMP  Class of 2023 encounters and experiences with NFL league in the USA and one of its franchises, LA Chargers. This is what inspired Ritah and The Aliguma Foundation to explore this sport in Uganda. (Photo Credits: The Aliguma Foundation, Inc.)

See you Sunday, April 21, 2024 at Kireka Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. EAT! 🏈


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