Report: Patriots 1st NFL Team To Sponsor Gay Bowl Flag Football Event

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The New England Patriots will become the very first team in the league to break new ground in the relationship between football and the LGBTQ community beginning next fall.

Boston’s LGBT Flag Football group announced this past weekend that the Patriots will sponsor The Gay Bowl next October.

“Boston’s LGBT Flag Football group shared the news during its spring season awards banquet.

The Patriots have confirmed the sponsorship with Outsports.

The Gay Bowl was created in 2002 as an annual national championship tournament for LGBT flag football teams. About 40 teams are expected to compete in several divisions, including a women’s division, from across North America. The San Diego Bolts are the five-time defending champion.

Boston previously hosted the Gay Bowl in 2003. That year the Patriots send former player Andre Tippet to the event; Tippet officiated the tournament’s ceremonial coin toss.”

This will be the first time an NFL team has sponsored the event, which will be held in Boston from Oct. 5-8.

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