C.J. Ham helps Vikings kickoff girls flag football jamboree

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The Minnesota Vikings hosted the first-ever Minneapolis Public Schools Girls Flag Football Jamboree as part of the inaugural MPS Girls Flag Football program on Saturday in the indoor practice field of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. Twin Cities affiliate KSTP attended the camp.

Vikings players, and Duluth’s own, CJ. Ham, Greg Joseph, Kenny Willekes and Ihmir Smith-Marsette were on hand to help teach the game and assist in coaching for several games played.

"Just to open this door for females to come out here and play this sport, I mean football has taught me so much. I believe no matter what gender you are football can teach you a lot about life lessons and the world," Ham said. "If my girls are able to play this when they get older, if they want to, I’ll be a full supporter."

Several teams, comprised of approximately 10 middle school-aged girls per team, in the Minneapolis area have been competing for three weeks on Saturdays at Roosevelt High and South High. The final three games of the season were played at the Jamboree.