Cleats For Kids
Many children across our country have dreams and aspirations to become the town hero; to be that star quarterback, set school records, get a scholarship offer, and someday, make it to the big leagues. For others, football is a form of release; a release from any built up emotion or stress caused from anything going on in the â€˜real worldâ€™, and a safe way to de-stress while contributing to the health of ones body.
But with these dreams, come sacrifices, and a lot of these sacrifices are felt by none other than the parents. The growing business of kidsâ€™ sports has soared to an astounding $15.3 billion industry that has doubled in the last 10 years*. On average, families are spending up to 10% of their income on kids sports, from league fees and training camps, to travel costs and equipment. These fees, and the rising costs of sports in general, have prevented some kids from participating. In recent years, the participation rates in the U.S. have declined, and this is most evident among children from lower-income families.
The Mifflin County Tomahawks organization has received great support throughout the years from our local community, as well as from fans and family, and we would like to return the favor and extend our hand to help those in need. Because of this, we have started the Cleats For Kids campaign. Cleats For Kids (CFK) was an idea that was brought up by current team owner and head coach Brian Rodgers. Once the idea was pitched and details worked out, a concept was put together and a mission was developed. Our mission is to get more kids involved with local sports by helping those less fortunate get the cleats needed to participate so they can focus on hope, self-confidence, and fundamentals without the need to worry about how to afford the proper equipment needed. Additionally, we hope this movement encourages young and old alike to see what a positive outcome volunteering can bring and hope to enourage all to come together and give back to their communities as well.
If you are between the ages of 6 and 18, are associated with a local sports program or organization, and are in need of cleats for your program, please do not hestitate to fill out the form below, or have your parent/guardian do so for you if you are under the age of 18. Once filled out and submitted, further instruction and information will be provided.
* Data research and reference link to original article can be found here Time (08/24/2017)