And the Winner is… Local Youth: Montecito Family YMCA Flag Football Team Builds Teamwork and Confidence in Final Tournament


The NFL Flag Football program offered at the Montecito Family YMCA provides local youth with lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

Montecito, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016 – Four flag football teams from the Montecito, Santa Barbara, Stuart C. Gildred (Santa Ynez) and Ventura branches of the Channel Islands YMCA competed in their final tournament on Nov. 12 at the Carpinteria High School football field. A total of 16 teams competed in the tournament, also known as the “Bowl Games.”

Teams are co-ed and are part of the NFL FLAG Powered by USA Football program, which provides children ages 5-17 with opportunities to enjoy one of America’s beloved sports. The non-contact action allows players to learn the fundamentals of football while also providing lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

“The NFL FLAG program is an opportunity for our players and coaches to celebrate the success and improvement of each team member,” said Aaron Martinez, Youth Programs Director at the Montecito Family YMCA. “The leagues offer competition to challenge every child’s ability and focus on fair play and teamwork rather than winning – one of the key philosophies of the YMCA.” 

To learn about how to participate in upcoming sports and recreational programs, please call 805.969.3288, or visit 

About the Channel Islands YMCA

Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Youth Center and My Home.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Montecito Family YMCA, visit or call (805) 969-3288.


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