The South Florida Flag Football League is hosting the tenth annual Florida Sunshine Cup this weekend in Fort Lauderdale.
“This tournament is going to be great, it’s our biggest one yet,” said Dominic Grasso, the league’s commissioner. “We have teams coming from all over the country.”
Twenty-eight teams will be competing coming from Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Atlanta and more. More than 400 players will take part along with 30 national referees. Grasso is expecting 500 fans and spectators as well.
This year, for the first time, the league is partnering with the Miami Dolphins. Grasso is especially excited about the collaboration. Earlier in the season SFFFL partnered with the Dolphins on their first ever pride event that took place during the Dolphins game against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 17.
The Dolphins are also sponsoring the tournament this year and representatives from the team will join the league on Saturday for the opening ceremony.
“We are super excited the Dolphins are coming on board to sponsor the Sunshine Cup,” Grasso said. He noted the team is very involved with “social justice activities” especially through their
“It’s superb,” he said. “They really back LGBT causes when it comes to sports by using football as a uniting factor.”
On Sunday night during the closing ceremony the league will announce a new collaboration with the Broward County Public Schools giving them $1,000 for a youth scholarship.
“We’re super excited about that too,” Grasso said.
This league continues to grow with 10 teams and 100 players competing this season.
Below is a complete list of events.
Games will take place at Central Broward Regional Park (Sunrise & 441) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 (opening ceremony 9:45 a.m.) and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday, Feb. 16. There is a $1.50 per person parking fee.
Visit SFFFL.org to learn more about the league andfor more information on the tournament.