ISU students to offer flag football program for area youth

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
August 22, 2011

A new Indiana State University Youth Sports League will offer a flag football program this fall for children ages 4 to 11.

Jeriah Threlfall, a graduate student in educational leadership, decided to create the program after noticing a need in the community for recreational opportunities for children, He also realized that it would also would be an experiential learning opportunity for ISU students. Threlfall will direct the program during the fall semester.

"There are about 7,000 kids who go to school in the area and there are not enough opportunities to participate in a high quality league at affordable prices," Threlfall said. "Similar leagues in Indianapolis cost $100 or more per player. Our league is just $55."

ISU students will have the chance to help run the league by enrolling in a newly created physical education course.

"As a part of their preparation for future job placement, our students need to learn how to create a sports league that is self-sufficient and profitable," Threlfall said. "This experience will help them."

John Pommier, chair of the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport, believes the program is off to a good start.

"Jeriah is a great person and he's doing the right thing to get students involved. The program follows through with the university's mission," Pommier said

"The community will benefit from a safe, well-organized youth program which allows children to develop social, mentally, and physically," Threlfall said. "There is a huge need to fight childhood obesity and youth sports do this through physical exercise. ISU will benefit through the experience given to our students and by bringing the community to our campus for games."

Threlfall has worked on setting up the league and physical education course for more than a year and is ready to see his plan in motion.

"We want to grow this into a program that is known for producing well-qualified graduates who know how to run a youth program, run a business, and succeed in their chosen careers after graduation," he said. "I am excited to see this finally happen."

The flag football program is set to begin this fall, with games scheduled each Saturday between Sept. 10 and Nov. 5. The cost is $55 ($50 for additional siblings in the same family). A $10 late fee will be charged for registrations after Sept. 1. For more information, or to register, visit www.isuyouthsports.org.

Contact: Jeriah Threlfall, department of kinesiology, recreation and sport, Indiana State University, 812-237-4409 or jeriah.threlfall@indstate.edu.

Writer: Britany Dean, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773.