Some people live and breathe football, and when their kids are old enough to make their own choices and decide they share that passion, those parents are absolutely LIVING THE DREAM! We talked to a local mom, Mallory Hulsey, to see what exactly living that dream felt like and to gather some tips for what to do if your kiddo wants to pursue flag football life.
Mallory was born and raised to be a Packer fan! She remembers childhood weekends spent in her dad’s famous green and yellow garage with the game on and kids playing football in the yard.
Then she had a kid that loved football just as much – not that she gave them much of a choice! Every Sunday, just like in her childhood, the Packers game was on. Watching her kids feel that excitement that she remembers feeling was something that they really bonded over. One of Mallory’s favorite childhood memories is her dad taking his daughters to Lambeau Field to watch a live game. Being in the stadium is one of her core memories, and she can’t wait to share that with her kids when they are old enough to appreciate it.
To make things even better, one of her kids decided he wanted to play football! One of their family mottos is to let kids try things that they express an interest in, and he was the kid that always had a football in his hand. She feels like his flag football career brought her even closer to him as they chatted about the game. Mallory remembers one of her proudest parenting moments happened on the night of his playoff game – he sacked the Quarterback, which helped his team win the game! She loved that he knew what he was doing, tried his hardest, had a great attitude, and returned the flag to the player humbly.
Thinking about other positive benefits that football provided brought up the topic of camaraderie. Mallory feels that being back on a team, working together, and following directions after being separated by COVID was huge for her son. It also gave him a sense of leadership and increased his self-confidence.
Check out the whole interview here.