Mainland High coaches and players mentor Pop Warner participants

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130801_dt_sports01About 60 area youth, members of the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League, participated in a football camp last week under the direction of Mainland High School coaches and players.

Mainland defensive back coach Travis Roland helped organize the event along with his father, Pop Warner Commissioner Thomas Roland.

The youth ran different drills and exercises getting ready for their upcoming season, which will begin later this month.

Pop Warner’s games and practices will be taking place at the Derbyshire Athletic Fields.

Agreement with city
Earlier this summer, Pop Warner worked out an agreement with the City of Daytona Beach after meeting with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson so that the fees for the league to use Derbyshire Athletic Fields for football practice and games will be covered.

Roland is hoping to locate a building they can use all year-round to tutor the students in academics.

Each Pop Warner participant, including players and cheerleaders, are charged $175 each, which covers their equipment, uniforms and their participation in the organization’s mentoring and tutoring programs.

Six divisions
The Pop Warner program currently runs from August to November. The Daytona Beach Youth Football and Cheerleader Association is a Pop Warner Association started in 1998 and is dedicated to youth football and cheerleading for children ages 5 to 15. There are six divisions: Tiny Mites, Mitey Mites, Junior Peewee, Peewee, Junior Midgets, and Midgets.

Daytona Beach’s Pop Warner was started 16 years ago by retired NFL star Wes Chandler. When he moved from the state, it was continued by Harvey Porter, then Glenn Barnes and Roland.
For more information on Pop Warner, contact Roland at 386-852-2552.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIANA JANEY AND FRANK WILLIAMSON

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