Flags for the Cure returns for 16th year to raise money in fight against cancer

Last year’s Flags for the Cure flag football tournament raised $35,000 for the American Cancer Society. [Photo provided by Lisa Noel]

A popular fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is back for its Sweet 16 in a new, possibly temporary home.

Flags for the Cure is Jan. 4-8 at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. This marks the first time the multi-day flag football competition will be held outside The Acreage, with its usual venue, Acreage Community Park, undergoing work.

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Since its inception, the five-day flag football tournament has raised more than $350,000 for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s event raised $35,000, said Lisa Noel with the American Cancer Society.

“Everybody is really excited,” Noel said. “We have more teams than ever, 72, and everyone can’t wait to get started.”

The tournament kicks off with the first teams competing from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. It continues the same hours Thursday and Friday, before the big day Saturday, with teams on the field from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday’s games begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up starting at 3 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Every year it just gets bigger and bigger,” Noel said. “It’s great to see the teams move up. The kids who were in high school are in college now and they’re signing up, and the kids who were in middle school are in high school now and signing up for that.

“It’s generational,” she said.

This is the first year with a new board that was handpicked and is being mentored by the previous board, which was composed of members who founded the tournament in 2007, Noel said.

Click here to view the schedule of which teams play and when.

For more information, go to www.flagsforthecure.com.

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