Flag Football Teams Compete For A Championship!
Today, the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants are proudly parading up Broadway but they are not the only football champions in our city!
This past fall, at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, 180 youth gathered for the Citywide Flag Football Championships. Parks’ Flag Football League gives youth ages 8-17 the chance to compete on a citywide level. The league focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to play the game competitively. Teams were formed in all five boroughs, but only a few had the opportunity to advance to the citywide championships.
All eyes were on St. Mary’s teams to see if they would falter or once again win their division title. Their 12-14 league team has won the division title since 2007 and the 8-11 league team has won the division title for the past two years. A win this year would be special for St. Mary’s since it would be the first time in recent history that the championship games were held in their home borough.
The day started off chilly but sunny as the teams took the field. In the 8-11 division, Hunts Point defeated Tony Dapolito to win division title. St. Mary’s retained their reign. They overcame Sorrentino’s defense in the 12-14 division title game. St. Mary’s also won the championship game against Sorrentino in the 15-17 division. It was a victorious day for the borough’s flag football teams.
The day was not just about flag football. Stan’s Pepper Steppers Double Dutch team amazed the crowd with their acrobatics and fancy footwork. As an aside, the Double Dutch team performed at the Apollo Theater on December 4, 2011. They are a truly amazing team and if you haven’t had a chance to see them, you are missing out!
We look forward to next year’s flag football league and the excitement that the championship games bring. We congratulate the winners of the 2011 teams and all the players who gave it their best.
Submitted by Adrienne Meryl
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling,
but in rising again after you fall.”
(1913 - 1970)