Cheers of excitement and claps filled the hallways of the Under Armour Performance Center as the Ravens unveiled the mannequins displaying the new girls flag football jerseys for Linganore High School.
The process repeated 10 times over, as the Ravens hosted 300 local girls' varsity flag football athletes from Frederick County Schools (FCPS) to see their jerseys for the first time on Monday morning. The Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour partnered with FCPS to provide custom uniforms for the development of a pilot high school girls' flag football 7-on-7 league in the fall of 2023.
Each uniform is made of a lightweight blend of polyester and elastic, and features the school's colors, a square neckline, and matching shorts.
"I thought the material was super nice, I love the colors, and I like how the numbers are right here," Linganore sophomore Easton Froehle said, pointing to the shoulder of her new red and black jersey.
"I like how loose they are and the Ravens thing on the back of it. They're super comfortable," Froehle's teammate Savannah Eanes chimed in.
In addition to the uniforms, the Ravens have committed three years of grant funding to 10 Frederick County high schools to help jumpstart the inaugural flag football league. The program aims to expand to every Maryland county, paving the way for female student-athletes.
"I think they'll represent us and make us look better as a team," Eanes said of the uniforms.
Having played flag football through elementary school, the junior thinks that flag football will continue to grow in Frederick County, especially once other girls see how fun it is.
After the reveal, Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the players on the practice field, speaking about how the growth of girls' flag football is personal to him and his family.
"My daughter is an athlete, she didn't make it in time to get to play flag football and I know I'm very sorry about that and I'm probably sure she's sorry too," Harbaugh said of his daughter Alison, who plays lacrosse at Notre Dame. "We talk all the time about how great it would be to play football and what position she would play. Of course, she thinks she'd be a quarterback."
"Thank you for setting the trend, thank you for being out front, thank you for being pioneers, thank you for doing something that's going to make a difference. You're going to love it and you're going to have fun. But you're not going to just do it for that. You're going to make a difference in girls' lives forever because you're doing something for the first time that starts change and that's what everything is all about, change for the better. … The uniforms are sweet by the way, right?"
Before leaving the facility, the nearly 300 girls formed the gauntlet outside of the fieldhouse, a tradition for the Ravens players to run through as they take the field for practice.
Preseason scrimmages are already underway, with an official season kick-off taking place on August 30. Under Armour will host a championship game at its Baltimore Peninsula Headquarters at the conclusion of the season, and the FCPS champion will be recognized at M&T Bank Stadium during the Ravens' Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Ravens hosted 300 local girls varsity flag football athletes to see their jerseys for the first time, hear from head Coach John Harbaugh and attend practice as part of the Ravens' girls flag football initiative.