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by Jim Corcoran
Earlier this summer, Simmons' Sophomore Amelia Cordischi entered a contest offered by the NFL to design a flag for the New England Patriots to be unveiled at the 2012 Kickoff Pre-game festivities. The NFL Fan Flag Challenge's requirements included the design of a flag depicting her region's team, a 100-word essay describing the design's vision, and a 200-word essay of what inspired her to create the flag. Cordischi was also required to describe in her essays what being an NFL fan means not only to her, but other fans too.
"I remember from a very early age hearing many a roar from our family room as family and friends were crowded around the television set as Drew) Bledsoe and then Tom Brady would throw that great pass and ...TOUCHDOWN...we would all share together in the pride of a team that many throughout New England consider family," said Cordischi.
From tens of thousands of entries, Cordischi 's flag was chosen to represent the Patriots, New England, and the NFL at this year's 2012 Kickoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, which was held at MetLife Stadium. Cordischi and her guest took part in a three-day, all expense paid trip to New York City. Activities included participation in the NFL Village in Times Square, a tour of NFL offices, and meetings with the NFL Commissioner and many legendary players. One of those legends, former Patriot wide receiver Troy Brown, escorted Cordischi to the stage at Rockefeller Center on September 5th, where she participated in the pre-game Kickoff concert and unveiled the newly designed flag.
"The whole event was like a dream. I could not believe it was happening to me. Everyone was so nice making it an experience I will never ever forget," said Cordischi.
Cordischi is a member of Simmons College Class of 2015 and is majoring in Integrated Media in the Department of Communications. Her mother Leanne Griffin Cordischi is a 1988 graduate of Simmons College.