Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? The answer for The Detroit PAL Youth Football League powered by the Detroit Lions was a definite yes on November 2, 2014. The 2014 football championships games sponsored by DTE Energy brought out everything from excitement, to family and the General Manager for the Detroit Lions and Detroit PAL board member Martin Mayhew! These games were surely an unforgettable night for fans, family and most importantly the talented football players involved!
The coveted annual Detroit PAL Youth Football League championships took place at Ford Field and is one of the most beloved events not only for the football teams, but also for the city of Detroit. Thousands of individuals, of all age ranges come to see the talent, enjoy the festivities and come to show their support for this once in a lifetime event. The Southfield Jayhawks coach, Alex Carter said, “This is a great thing, not everybody can play on a professional stage as Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. This is great for them!” For a city that is bombarded by negative headlines, this event paints such a positive picture for the citizens of Detroit.
These football championship games mean so much more than simply winning and losing. For some, like Jamar Browner, it is a chance to see old friends. Browner noted, “I am here to support my son, but I get to see so many old teammates from when I played for PAL and for Mumford. We get to catch up and just enjoy ourselves.” People are also allowed to express themselves and show their support through poster boards, t-shirts and through other creative forms. This occasion also highlights positive individuals and groups throughout Detroit PAL. 2014 Leadership Award recipient, Jaishawn Williams, 16, is also a coach for the flag team Detroit Spartans and was honored due to his constant leadership and support for the Detroit Spartans team and his community. “Coming back to the Spartans was great! It is really a good feeling. And this award is an honor.” said Williams. Williams is just one example of those who continue to support and help Detroit PAL and it’s mission.
The day began with all 24 football organization’s D-Team players getting an opportunity to play one another. This was followed by a nail biting overtime game featuring the A-Team Detroit Spartans and West Seven Rams. The C-Team championship game were up next that included The Eastside Raiders and Detroit Spartans and we ended the day with another thrilling B-Team game including the Detroit Spartans and West Seven Rams. The scores were as follows:
A-Team: Spartans 14 Rams 8
B-Team: Spartans 28 Rams 22
C-Team: Raiders 7 Spartans 0
Once again Detroit PAL would like to thank DTE Energy, The Detroit Lions, Rob and Natalie Sims, Heads Up Football, the families, supporters and football organizations for an electrifying day!
To see more pictures from these games visit our Flickr page.