Mercedes Parker (COJ) – While crime is rapid in their neighborhoods, City Councilwoman JuCoby Pittman has made a call to action for the Forest View Tigers who are headed to the Pop-Warner National Championship game. The Forestview Outlaws Mitey Mite Team (Ages 7-9 ) based practice field at Yancy Park, made it to the first ever nationals for this age group. They will play The Laporte Scicers (Indiana) on Sunday December 6 at 4pm at Walker Field in Winter Garden, Florida. If they win, they will then play the winner of the Sarasota Sundevils/Kankakee Valey Kougars ( Indiana) match for the National Championship on Wednesday, Dec. 9th.
“Since receiving the news, that they would play in the National Championship Tournament, they were extremely excited, realizing that their hard work have paid off, but unfortunately, the parents are not in a position to afford the expenses to travel. Since everything happened so fast, it has not been enough time to raise the funding by this weekend. They are a couple days away and resources are needed now, it is my desire to help this team raise $7,000 to pay for travel, hotel and food to compete in this first-time opportunity and experience. Where these youth come from, crime is rapid in their neighborhood and that did not stop them from achieving this goal and keeping their academics a priority. They are deserving and I want to help them get to Orlando this weekend and bring the Championship home. In order for these champs to play on the Forest View Tigers Mitey Mite Team, per their Coaches, education is first and football second. I don’t want them to miss this,” said Councilwoman, Ju’Coby Pittman.
Coach Deante Hampton is excited, “We lost last year, so we changed our team mantra this year, cause usually its always about business, but this time its personal, now we have business to finish and that business is to win,” said Hampton.
On Thursday, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, the team will be practicing at Yancy Park, located at 3352 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208, parents and coaches are asking the community to support their National Trip by contacting Michelle Cohen at (904) 962-8584.