Daily Sports Smile: Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns host girls flag football event

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) runs after a reception against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL Football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry made a surprise appearance at the Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree in Ohio this week. Landry helped host the special event that officially kicked off flag football as an Ohio High School Athletic Association club sport.

Landry worked with several teams throughout the day. He helped draw up plays and promoted the importance of breaking barriers surrounding football.

“I wanted to say congratulations on the history that you guys are making. Continue to do your thing,” Landry told the teams.

The season begins next spring. There is also a chance that girls flag football will become an official OSHAA sanctioned varsity sport.

Young girls will be able to continue learning football while being empowered through the sport.

“This is a whole win for them because it gives them the opportunity to not only learn the game of football but also show others that girls can and women can play it and kick butt in the game,” Cleveland Browns scouting assistant Riley Hecklinski said.

“They have the opportunity to set the stage for other girls coming up through middle school and elementary school and pave the way for them.”

The Browns collaborated with Nike and Northeast Ohio Flag Football to create the jamboree event. It was the first of its kind in the state of Ohio.