08/22/2013 -- South Georgia Pop Warner Football games will begin aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Saturday at 10 a.m.
Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, will give a few remarks prior to kickoff of the first game.
The base teams, Tiny Mite through Midget, have been practicing for several weeks in preparation for the opening weekend of competition. Teams are broken down by age and weight into six divisions for competition.
“This is a wonderful opportunity all the way around,” Davis said. “The base is privileged to be able to extend practice and competition opportunities to children on the base and within our local communities.
“Parents, community members, Marines, civilian-Marines and anyone willing to volunteer their time have an opportunity to lead, mentor and coach our youth in the Pop Warner League, developing and mentoring the kids is what it is all about,” he said.
The MCLB Albany family - leadership, Marines, civilian-Marines and employees - is always looking for opportunities to work and partner with the local community, according to Davis. The Pop Warner League provides that and directly involves the youth; the up-and-coming leaders of our local communities.
It provides an opportunity for everyone involved to make a difference, have an impact and be impacted themselves, he said.
Daniel Cruz, Pop Warner League president, is excited about partnering with the base and jumped at the opportunity to branch out for variety in competition and a new location to play games and practice.
“Allowing these kids to play at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is a major deal,” Cruz said. “We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to all that will come from the season ahead.”
Many individuals would attest that the traits, skills and character development gained through athletic competition and experiences are carried with them throughout life, molding, shaping and attributing to their successes, personal development and progression.
“Our children learn from and emulate those in their lives who make an impact,” Davis said. “A coach, mentor and leader has the ability to make that impact. That experience may be the exact thing a child needs in his or her life and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide that here.”