East Palo Alto Greyhounds...........Road to Florida to compete for the Pop Warner National Title!
The East Palo Alto Greyhounds Youth Athletic Association was established in December of 2005 by Eric Stuart. He is now the Founder/Executive Director and can be contacted at (510) 812-6703 or email@example.com .
In 2005 when the EPA Greyhounds were borne, our GOALS were to:
• Build a Strong Year-Round Youth Sports Club in East Palo Alto.
• Positively Affect the East Palo Alto Community.
• Create Different Avenues of Success for Our Youth.
• Honor Our Mission Statement.
• Keep Growing!
Since the inaugural season of the EPA Greyhounds Youth Athletic Association we have consistently grown. In 9 Years of Track & Field competition, we have produced more than 20 All- American U.S.A. Youth Track & Field Athletes. In 2006, our very first summer of National Competition, Warren Morrison (13 years old) became the first Greyhound to place first in the 100 meters in a National Competition. (Eugene, Oregon Track City Classic). In 2007 Willie Teo-Clifton (10 years old) Finished 6th in the Country in the Javelin Throw (Walnut, California). In 2008 Aishah Ahmad (10 years old) took first place in the 200 meter dash in a National Championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Hershey Meet).
Just as important in 2008 was the birth of our Youth Football/Cheer Program. There had not been an Association from East Palo Alto to ever compete in Peninsula Pop Warner Football. Pop Warner gives youth a chance to go compete in Orlando, Florida (Disney World Complex) for a National Football/Cheer Championships. From 2008 until 2011, our club was not eligible to compete for a trip to Florida. Since we were a new program there was a 4 year wait before our Association was eligible for national competition. During this time our kids played some really good football. More importantly, the kids stayed in the program year after year. A bond like "No Other" has been built between these kids. This year is the 6th season that these boys have been playing football together. Our Jr. Pee Wee team (ages 9-11) has a really good chance of going to Florida this year! Last year they finished 2nd place overall with only 1 loss in the regular season. Fortunately we were a young team last year and 16 of our 20 players are Jr. Pee Wee Returners. We've already played several football games this year and so far it's looking like the Road to Florida has to come through the East Palo Alto Greyhounds!
Qualification for and participation in the Pop Warner National Championships is an attainable goal, however requires financial support that is not in place. Although most competition/games are local and may only require us to pay participant fees, gas and snacks, it becomes costly because the Greyhounds is a year round organization. We usually travel, fifteen to twenty times a year to overnight/long distance competitions. Our long distance meets/games usually cost us about $5500- $30,000 a trip. That money covers: meet participant fees, airfare, transportation, gas, lodging, food, and entertainment. Since we are a non-profit organization, we try to keep the fees for our members to a minimum or no cost at all. We feel our members should be exposed to as many positive experiences as possible. Practice and game competition is what we would like them to focus on most, while we make sure that the financial support gets in place. We are requesting the assistance of your business/foundation so that we can provide all of the travel opportunities that we feel are necessary to these objectives.
The Greyhounds fall under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). AAU is a non-profit organization that has been providing competitive sports & recreation for the youth of America for almost a century. AAU’s mission is to build a strong athletic base to serve the communities that make up our great nation. As an affiliated organization, the East Palo Alto Greyhounds are recognized as tax-exempt under the Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S. Inc. Our partnership with this organization ensures that all funding received from sponsors/donors will be tax deductible. Our tax I.D number is 51-0639276.
As Stated earlier, our Jr. Pee Wee Football Team has a really, really good chance of qualifying to compete for a National Championship in Orlando, Florida. We finished the Season with a Perfect 12-0 Record! We are the Peninsula Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee Division Champs! It will be the first time in East Palo Alto's history that a Youth Football Team has competed for a National Championship! The kids on this team have been playing with each other on the same team for the past 6 seasons. They are a very disciplined group of Young Men who understand what's at stake.
The Pop Warner National Championships will be held in Orlando, Florida from December 7th-14th 2013. The Trip with 20 Athletes and 4 coaches will cost us roughly $30,000. With your help our goals for the future and the season can be reached, and we can surely impact the children of East Palo Alto in a positive way.
Financial Breakdown for Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Florida:
• Airfare: 20 athletes 4 coaches ($12,000)
24 Round Trip Tickets @ $450.00 each
• Hotel: 20 athletes 4 coaches ($15,000)
$590 a Participant (please see brochure)Below you will find the pricing you requested:
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Disney Sports Travel
• Food: 20 athletes 4 coaches ($2,500)
$20 a day for Meals for Each Participant plus Coaches
• Transportation: 20 athletes 4 coaches ($2,800)
2 Vans for $700 each plus Gas and Insurance.
We have survived because of FOUNDATIONS/DONORS such as yours. The contributions that have been made to Our Organization have assured that we have stayed afloat through the years. We are continuously fundraising, but are asking for your Financial Assistance of whatever you can afford in order to get to the Pop Warner National Championship this year. Every little bit counts! We will NOT leave anyone behind, but with your help we can make sure of that.
Thanks in Advance for Your Consideration,
Head Coach Jr. Pee Wee Football
1650 Bay Road
East Palo Alto Ca. 94303