Texas Wesleyan Announces Feasibility Study for Women’s Flag Program – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Score! The Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) Lady Rams are set to make history after a possible new program was announced.

In a statement released this week, TWU announced plans for a sports feasibility study this fall and hopes to compete in the 2023-24 season.

After the successful launch of a women’s college flag football league by Fort Worth ISD (FWISD), the Rams said they also plan to hire a coach next summer.

“It was great to see the Poly athletes having so much fun, and Texas Wesleyan University is excited about the opportunities that women’s flag football brings to our campus,” said President Frederick G. Slabach. “It’s not just about overall growth and providing more opportunities for the college athletic experience – it’s about opening the door for more students to achieve their dream of higher education.”

On March 29, President Slabach and Athletic Director Ricky Dotson met with the Polytechnic High School Women’s Flag Football Team, coached by 2014 TXWES graduate and former cheerleader Rayneta Dotson.

“There’s definitely an excitement and enthusiasm from the young women in Poly’s flag football team, and Rayneta certainly fuels their energy,” Randy Dotson said. “The development of flag football for high school athletes in FWISD provides us with a pathway to ultimately recruit student-athletes from the region and, quite honestly, is a way to learn more about how best to implement our own flag football program.”

Currently, FWISD is one of the only public school districts in Texas to offer the program, with the 2021-22 school year being its first year.

“We are thrilled with the recent announcement made by Texas Wesleyan,” Dotson said. “We currently have one athlete who has been offered a scholarship to play flag football at an NAIA school in Georgia, and several others are interested in playing flag football at the college level. It’s exciting to know that some of my athletes may have the opportunity to continue playing in my alma mater right away in the future.”

University officials say that before the launch of each new athletic program, the school conducts a feasibility study that assesses interest, NAIA-governed scholarship opportunities, and competitive opportunities in the region before commit to hiring a coach and building a team.

“We are constantly evaluating and planning for participation opportunities for female student-athletes, and this feels like a huge opportunity for us to pursue that vision,” said Athletic Director Ricky Dotson. “I’m optimistic that other university programs will see what Texas Wesleyan sees – women want to compete in the sport.”

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