Girls’ high school flag football to kickoff in Alabama, Fall 2021

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Jan 25, 2020; Orlando,Florida, USA; Teams from around the U.S. participate in the play off day of games with Pro Bowl members as special coaches in the NFL Flag Football Championships. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-Reining Champs

It’s official. Girls’ flag football is Alabama’s newest sanctioned high school sport.

The announcement was made last week at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) 13th Annual Principals’ and Athletic Directors’ Conference. Helping pave the way for the new sport is a partnership between the Atlanta Falcons, NFL FLAG and AHSAA

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5 spring kayaking adventures in and around Birmingham

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Photo by Keith Bozeman, Kayak at sunset at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for outdoor adventures. We’ve previously told you why Birmingham is a paddler’s paradise, and now we’re back to let you know how you can get in on it.

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Love softball? The Southern Shootout’s coming to town Easter weekend

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The Magic City Steelers back in 2019, pre-COVID. Photo via New South Softball’s Facebook

The longest-running LGBT+ softball tournament in the US is coming to George Ward Park Easter weekend, and you’re invited to join in the fun. If you’re a fan of softball, more than 50 teams from across the US will be here in town this weekend for the Southern Shootout. Keep reading for all the details and find out how you can get involved.

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Sprint to these 7 local stores for your next pair of running shoes

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Check out some of the great Birmingham stores selling your next pair of running shoes. Photo via The Trak Shak’s Facebook

Trainers, tennis (or “tenny”) shoes, dogs, or whatever else you call running shoes, are in hot demand right now. Not only are they an essential part of a good exercise routine, but running shoes have also become a hot fashion statement. Keep reading to see where you can get your next pair.

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3 remarkable women who left their mark on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Alabama girls’ high school sports pioneer Noona Kennard. Photo via Noona Kennard for Bham Now

Trailblazer. Character builder. Champion. 

This month in honor of Women’s History Month, I interviewed three remarkable women, Noona Kennard, Yvonne Michelle Simmons and Cat Reddick-Whitehill. Each one made a lasting impact on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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BREAKING: Legion FC to take on Atlanta United FC on March 28 at BBVA Field

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Birmingham Legion FC at BBVA Field. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hammer Down Birmingham! Our beloved pro soccer team, Legion FC, announced today that it will welcome Atlanta United FC back to kick off its 2021 season with a preseason friendly on Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 pm CT at BBVA Field. 

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Extreme local sports. Who are the Ultra Trail Runners in the Birmingham area?

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BUTS President Lisa Booher. Photo via Alex Morrow

100 miles. I’ve got to admit, before I started writing this article about ultra trail running, that’s all I could think about. Superhuman people in our community who can run on a trail for 24 hours at a distance that equals a trek from Birmingham to Huntsville.That’s what ultra trail running is…right?  

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How 2 legendary high school coaches impacted students, community, civil rights and Alabama’s future

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Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Coach Andrew Anthony Sewell and Nancy Sewell. Photo via Bob Farley/f8Photo.org

Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s father Coach Andrew Anthony Sewell had a saying: 

“Anything worth doing is worth doing your best.” 

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Mountain biking in Birmingham went from being a novelty to world class. How did it happen?

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Omar Fraser, local coach and competitive mountain biker. Photo via Kathy Green

Did you know Birmingham is home to world-class mountain bike trails? Whether you’re a pro, newbie, or are simply curious, ride along to learn how Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and passionate mountain bike advocates have helped make it happen.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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Local restaurants helping you homegate like a pro for the big game

We all know the food is the highlight of the game. Photo via Unsplash

The Super Bowl is happening February 7th which is right around the corner. Whether your team made it or not, we all know the spotlight is really on the food. Before you order the same old spread as past years, check out a handful of Birmingham spots helping you homegate like a pro.

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Alabama High School Bowling is more than a game—it’s about community

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Tommy Barberini, General Manager at Oak Mountain Lanes. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Nearly every high school in Alabama has a football stadium that can double and sometimes triple as a soccer field or a place to run track. Basketball and volleyball teams have their gyms on campus. Many schools have baseball and softball fields nearby.  

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