Scrimmage Set For Wednesday, May 30, At 2 P.M. EDT
The Las Vegas Patriots competitive flag football team, with players age 10 and younger, has been invited to play a scrimmage on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C., as part of a field day hosted by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Undefeated champions in the city of Las Vegas NFL competitive flag football program for the last five seasons, the team was invited to represent Nevada. They are scheduled to play a team from another state Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. EDT.
“It will be an awesome experience and the boys are really looking forward to it,” said coach Marc Fish, who has three nephews on the team. “The team plays for its sixth straight championship tonight!”
"These are all great boys that work really hard, and there is a special team chemistry with the boys and the parents. Many of the boys and parents are planning to go early to experience Washington, D.C., and see the sights together," said coach Jason Ahlstrom, who has two sons on the team. "Everyone is excited!"
Ahlstrom has coached his team for five years in the city league, playing exclusively on city of Las Vegas fields. He and Fish, who are brothers-in-law, currently coach two teams in the city league, but in different age divisions. Fish’s son plays on the older team. The Patriots team includes 12 players – Gavin Ahlstrom, Ty Ahlstrom, Benjamin Chilton, Cash Creel, Cash Dunkerly, Johnny Fish, Jacob Garber, Reggie Mackay, Jagger Mendenhall, Jack Olliges, Neal Pomerantz and Beckam Rafie. Several of the current team members have been playing together since 2015. A few of the boys have never experienced a loss; some of them are only 8 years old.
Feb. 27, 2018, President Trump, by executive order, made changes to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The current purpose of the Council is to expand and encourage youth sports participation, and to promote the overall physical fitness, health, and nutrition of all Americans.