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Watson, ROAR Sports found community flag football league

New England Patriot Ben Watson greets the fans as the Patriots arrive back at Gillette Stadium after the Super Bowl. Watson is helping create a flag football league in Rock Hill.
New England Patriot Ben Watson greets the fans as the Patriots arrive back at Gillette Stadium after the Super Bowl. Watson is helping create a flag football league in Rock Hill.

Say you want to get out and play a little football but you're not so young in body and can't take the hard knocks?

Thanks the ROAR Sports and New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson, you have the opportunity to hit the gridiron again.

Watson, who graduated from Northwestern High School and had a standout college career at Georgia, has agreed to partner with ROAR and form the Ben Watson/ROAR Community Flag Football League.

Watson will be in town June 14 to conduct a youth football clinic in conjunction with ROAR Sports.

"It's unbelievable that a pro athlete takes the time to come back and support his community," said Brian Jones, ROAR's sports director. "Ben cares and really wants to be a part of what we're doing. I think it's great."

Registration begins Monday online. Go to roarsports.org for an application. The cost is $50 per person and Jones said scholarships are available.

Games will be played this summer at Westminster Park at the end on India Hook next to the river. The park has two lighted fields. Watson will conduct his clinic there from 10 a.m.-noon.

There will be five leagues. Youth leagues are available for players in grades 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8. The adults leagues are broken down to 18-and-up, which is open to everyone, and 33-and-up.

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