DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Running down a field, ball in hand, with a flag hanging on your belt... that's flag football, the game a lot of girls are playing around the world.

And its popularity is growing in Texoma.

"When I was a kid, girls used to compete in football," said Denison Killer Bees coach Kevin Smith. "And then it kind of started to die out, but the past few years more girls have been out to play football for sure."

"We called ourselves the 'Fab Six,'" said Texas Fury player Ashlea Klam. "We had six players, and now we have 39 players."

Colleges around the nation are setting up scholarships for the sport. And the NFL is looking to add it to the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. It has a bright future.

"She can be on a U.S. National team," said Texas Fury coach Amberly Klam. "One day she could possibly play in the World Games or in the Olympics. There's just so many opportunities out there that people are not aware of."

A young girl's video went viral after she made the run of a lifetime on the 4th down, on their own 5 yard line with 30 seconds left in the game.
Both she and Ashlea say they love the companionship the teams bring.

"My dad really likes football, and he wanted me to play," said Brentlie Coffman, who plays for the Black Widows. "So he made a team for me and I get to be with my friends."

"The love I have for my teammates, and the love they produce back... just the support... it's absolutely everything," Ashlea said. "It's just unbelievable."

Everyone involved in flag football is looking to spread the word to coaches and schools, especially in preparation for the 2028 Olympics.