Park of the Week: Oct. 5th
The Orange Bowl visited the Suniland Sun Devils on Saturday, October 5, at Suniland Park during its Park of the Week program.
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MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org)—Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (Orange Bowl YFA) presented by Sports Authority visited five sites on Saturday, October 5 as part of its Park of the Week Program. The Orange Bowl YFA Park of the Week program presented by Sports Authority recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support to the community.
This past Park of the Week schedule included visits to five Miami-Dade Xtreme Youth Football League members – Leisure City Modello Timberwolves, South Kendall Gators, Suniland Sun Devils, Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts and West Kendall Dolphins.
At each stop during its Park of the Week program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distribute promotional items and discounts from official Orange Bowl YFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque and a financial contribution towards park improvements.
Orange Bowl Committee members, J. Hayes Worley Jr., George Pino, Don Slesnick III, James Pfleger, and OBYFA Committee Vice-Chair Willie Carpenter all participated in park visits this past weekend. For Pino, it was a positive first impression. “It’s an honor to be out here and giving back to the community. This is my first park that I have visited as a member and I tell you the impact on the kids, the smiles on the faces of the parents, it’s great to see how the Orange Bowl is impacting lives.” Worley agrees that experiencing the Park of the Week first-hand leaves you feeling encouraged. “It’s a thrill to be out here and see the effect that team sports is having on kids. If there is anything we can do to support that and make it even stronger, than that’s exactly what we should be doing.”
More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across eight South Florida counties directly benefit from the Orange Bowl YFA presented by Sports Authority. More than $5 million has been invested by the Orange Bowl Committee in youth sports in South Florida since 1999. 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. These events include the Junior Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships, among many others.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.
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