The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (Orange Bowl YFA) presented by Sports Authority, which has produced such talents as Geno Smith, MVP of the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl and second round draft choice of the New York Jets, is home to more than 16,000 football players and cheerleaders. Consisting of 10 member leagues, the Orange Bowl YFA ranges across South Florida, from north of Lake Okeechobee to Key West.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2013, the Orange Bowl YFA presented by Sports Authority supports six recreational leagues and three competitive leagues under its umbrella. The recreational league rules stipulate that all kids have an opportunity to play and that they all live in the same geographic area, while the competitive leagues hold tryouts for their roster spots.
The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority is comprised of the following leagues:
Dick Conley Memorial Youth Football League
Glades Tri-City Youth Football League
Key West Junior Football League
Miami Xtreme Youth Football League
National Youth Football League of America
Palm Beach County Youth Football League
West Boca Tackle Football League
West Boynton Youth Football League
Western Communities Football League
Since its inception in 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested more than $5 million and countless volunteer hours in youth sports across South Florida. In addition to its continued support of the Orange Bowl YFA presented by Sports Authority, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world, such as Junior Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Orange Bowl FLYTAF Track and Field Championships and Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic.
In 2013, the Orange Bowl YFA will again be presented by Sports Authority, with additional sponsors American Airlines, Florida Blue, Doctors Hospital, FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, Hampton Farms, MetroPCS, Nike, , The Miami Herald, Toyota, Sparkling ICE, and Wells Fargo.
Throughout the 2013 season, the Orange Bowl YFA's Park of the Week program presented by Sports Authority will bring a festive caravan to numerous park locations each Saturday and entertain players and their families with in-game contests, promotions and giveaways while recognizing the efforts of park leaders, volunteers and parents.
At the culmination of the season, the best of the best will take part in the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships presented by Sports Authority at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium on the campus of Florida International University. The two-day championship event held on December 14 and 15 will pit champions and all-star teams from various leagues against each other to crown winners in eight weight-class divisions. FSFlorida / Sun Sports will produce a highlight show that will air in early January.
Cheerleaders also will get their chance to shine as squads from throughout the Orange Bowl YFA performed routines at the Orange Bowl Cheer & Dance Championships presented by Sports Authority, with the winning squads earning a trophy of their own. The all-day extravaganza will be held at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center in Coral Gables on November 17.
For more information on the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority or how to join a team, call the Orange Bowl at (305) 341-4700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.