Giants support New York Gay Flag Football League
Wizel started as a production intern with the Giants during the 2014 season before working as a freelance employee for the following years. She was then recruited as a full-time employee of the team in 2019. This coming season will be Wizel’s eighth with the Giants.
The Giants’ partnership with the NYGFL began in 2017. Becoming captain of the league that year, Wizel began to try and compete on some of the league’s tournament teams. The NYGFL sends teams to multiple tournaments each year, made up of some of the league’s most competitive players, including the Florida Sunshine Cup Tournament each February. These tournaments require reservations for flights and hotels, so team members reach out to those around them for sponsorship opportunities. This is what sparked the connection between the NYGFL and the Giants.
“Whenever we play in tournaments, we always try to fundraise just because normally you fly and stay in hotels, so the money can add up for these things,” Wizel said. “Everyone was pulling a bit of their own life thinking about who they knew when it came to sponsorship opportunities. At the time I was working with the Giants and thought it could be a really good partnership for both of them. parts.
“I contacted (director of community relations and youth football) Ethan Medley, and he was extremely open and receptive to the partnership building up, which was really exciting for me as far as I could bridge the gap. between two things that are very important in my life. It was really cool. The Giants became partners of NYGFL before it was popular to have professional teams in partnership with LGBTQ groups and teams of this nature . I would say they were ahead of the curve and still very open to that, which I really appreciate. “
At the time Wizel approached the organization to become a sponsor, his way of life was not necessarily known within the organization. However, bringing this partnership opportunity to the team was a way to open the door for everyone, which she was more than happy to do. As Wizel said, “the more proud and proud people there are, the better”.
While having the Giants as a sponsor has helped fund some of the league’s tournament teams over the years, the partnership goes way beyond that.
The Giants, along with the NFL and New York Jets, also served as presenting partners for Gay Bowl XIX, a tournament held in New York City in 2019. The Gay Bowl is an annual tournament hosted by the National Gay Flag Football League. which brings together hundreds of LGBTQ + athletes and heterosexual allies to compete, connect and unite as a community around football. Former Giants long snapper and two-time Super Bowl champion Zak DeOssie attended a celebratory event for Gay Bowl XIX, where he addressed the crowd and helped present athletes with trophies.
“Representation is essential to achieve LGBTQIA + inclusiveness in sport, equal rights and the elimination of stereotypes,” said Monty Clinton, NYGFL commissioner. “The recognition of great sports organizations like the NFL and the New York Giants helps legitimize what we do as athletes and amplifies the voice of our community. The support and partnership we have gained with the Giants are helping us really to expand our reach and our platform to a much larger scale.
“We are a non-profit institution, so being able to work with the Giants, and in our efforts to fight for equal rights, diversity and inclusion at all levels, that means a lot. It continues to help us. even to function as an organization, and helps give us a platform to broadcast our mission and the purpose that we are as a league. “