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Ward 5 Pee Wee Team Qualifies for Pop Warner League Super Bowl; Asks For Community Donations To Go

This story comes to us from Stacey Erd, Executive Director of Beacon House:


Beacon House, the non-profit after-school tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational center for low-income, at-risk children in Ward 5, had one of its football teams win the Eastern Regional Championship of the Pop Warner Football League over Thanksgiving weekend. The Beacon House Falcons 75 lb. “Jr. Pee Wees” beat the Rahway Chiefs 19- 0 in Holmdel, New Jersey. They are now scheduled to go to Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2010 to play in the Pop Warner Football League Super Bowl.


 “The victory this past Saturday is a testament to the hard work, discipline and courage of all 33 of our children, as well our 12 volunteer coaches," Rodney Cephas, Athletic Director of Beacon House said.  "As with all ten of our teams, the Jr. Pee Wees and their coaches worked together since the summer to become the best they could be. The result of their hard work and cohesiveness was a decisive win over a very strong team from New Jersey. This entire community is as proud and excited as can be.”


Beacon House relies on the support of foundations, corporations, individuals, local and federal governments. Because of the unpredictability of the teams’ performances, Beacon House does not budget for this kind of event. The Pop Warner League does not pay for the trip. Over the course of the next several days, Beacon House will be seeking the funds to pay for the team’s trip to Orlando. Those interested in helping should call 202-669-6422 or visit Beacon House’s web site.


“This is about far more than just winning a football game," Reverend Donald Robinson, the President and Founder of Beacon House said.  "Beacon House is in the middle of a low-to-moderate income community and many of our children come from rather humble circumstances. Beacon House is about lifting our children and families out of poverty, and our football program is one piece of a larger puzzle. This victory shows that our children are capable of overcoming significant obstacles and accomplishing great things. We are extremely proud of our children, our staff and the many parents who coach and support our children.”