Youth Tackle Football Kicks Off in Tallahassee

This Saturday, Sept. 24, the youth tackle football season will kick off  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the City of Tallahassee’s Messer Sports Complex North. This season marks the 55th anniversary of the youth tackle football program in Tallahassee.

“This league provides good life lessons for participants – teamwork, perseverance, dedication. It helps kids develop skills both on the field and off,” said Brian Smatt, program coordinator for the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA). “We’re proud of the solid reputation it has developed during its 55-year history and look forward to another season of great football.”

Over the years, the league has helped the development of players such as Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims, New York Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker William Gay.

At the Jamboree, Each Pee Wee, Intermediate and Junior team will play mini football games. In addition to the mini-games, attendees can participate in a Football101 clinic from 11:45 a.m. to 12:12 p.m., hop around in the bounce house, get a ball sculpture made or listen to the sounds of Leon High School Steel Band. This event is free and is made possible by PRNA, which runs the football program.

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