Daytona Beach Pop Warner team wears pink to bring attention to breast cancer

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, SPORTS

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

Members of the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League played the Falcons of Flagler Palm Coast this past Saturday.

131017_dt_sports04To bring attention to breast cancer, the players wore pink socks and the cheerleaders pink outfits. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This Saturday, the team will play the Deltona Wolves beginning at 9 a.m. at Derbyshire Athletic Fields in Daytona Beach.

Coach Fred Williamson said it will be the Homecoming game and final game of the season.

Tutoring continues
If they win, they will make the playoffs and have a home field advantage playing Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. once again at Derbyshire fields. The games are free and open to the public. Proceeds from concession sales help Pop Warner.

This season the Daytona Bucs played six games. Even though the football season is over, Williamson said the kids still will be participating in a tutoring program set up for them at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Education Center.

Williamson also noted many of the youth will be participating on teams during basketball season.

It’s important to keep them engaged year-round, which we are able to do thanks to the help we receive from the city and its Leisure Services Department,” Williamson remarked.

The kids have an opportunity to exercise and have fun and build up lifelong friendships, concluded Williamson, who has been helping coach the Pop Warner teams for five years.

Tommy Roland is the commissioner for the Daytona Beach Pop Warner League.

Six divisions
Earlier this summer, Roland 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 would be covered.

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.

For more information on Pop Warner, contact Roland at 386-852-2552.

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