Girls flag football team crushes it!

East End Athletics hosts winter league


East End Athletics is a recognized 501(c)3 charity organization, official NFL Flag and USA Football-affiliated team led by president/founder Ali Adlah. This winter, they hosted their first indoor flag football winter league, which featured an all-girls flag football team, at KK Athletics in Farmingville.

The winter league brought together young athletes from various age groups.

“The ambiance was electric as families, coaches, and fans cheered on the teams, especially the All-Girls Team,” said Adlah of the success. “For East End Athletics, this marked a significant milestone, extending its commitment to providing inclusive sporting opportunities year-round.”

Among the standout moments was the crowning achievement of the first-ever 12u All-Girls Flag Football Team, who not only secured championship rings, but were also invited to Randall’s Island for a tournament.

“The crowning moment for the 12u All-Girls Team came with the presentation of championship rings, a symbol of their dedication, teamwork, and outstanding performance throughout the league,” he said.

The team, under the mentorship of coaches Adlah and Coach Brian, have become trailblazers, breaking barriers and inspiring future generations.

“It gets more girls involved in the game of football. Another option of a sport for girls is tremendous for them. It’s a growing sport!” said Coach Brian.

Two top players from the team, Kaleesi Adlah and Ava Andersen, were then both invited to the winter league at Randall’s Island for the first-ever Flag Football Tournament. They plan to attend that tournament this year.

Ava scored her very first tournament touchdown, making a significant contribution to their victory against an all-boys team.

“The cheers echoed on Randall’s Island as Ava’s accomplishment underscored the team’s collective spirit and determination,” added Ali Adlah of the experience.

“Getting that touchdown was the greatest feeling,” Ava added.

His daughter, Kaleesi Adlah, caught several key passes, driving the team forward and setting the stage for their winning touchdown.

“Her strategic plays and agility on the field demonstrated not only individual skill, but a commitment to the team’s success,” he said.

“We’re not going to win every game, but at least we’re in the game,” said Kaleesi.

As East End Athletics looks back at the success of its winter league and the achievements of the 12u All-Girls Team, the organization remains dedicated to creating opportunities, breaking barriers, and fostering a love for sports that transcends stereotypes, said Ali Adlah.

Now, he looks forward to the spring season.

“It’s not just about wins and championships; it’s about empowering young athletes to believe in their potential and reach new heights in the world of sports,” he added.

East End Athletics will begin their 2024 spring flag football season with the focus on their travel team, including a coed 13u division, coed 10u division, and their very first 12u all-girls national travel flag football league.

The coaches have also entered in the first NFL flag football regional qualifier hosted by the New York Jets on May 4 and 5. They hope to qualify for the NFL’s new, elevated championship tournament to celebrate the best of the best across the youth flag football world, domestically and globally.

The NFL Flag Championships, a first-of-its-kind tournament hosted by the NFL, ESPN, RCX Sports and Omaha, will take place in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 19-21 and will feature the very best of girls and boys youth flag talent.

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Those interested in joining one of their flag football teams can reach out to coach Ali at


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