Vinnie Scacco, of Racine, writes to tell us about the Racine Gladiators, a youth football organization that had success this fall. The Gladiators traveled three teams to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the "Battle in Rocky Top" youth football tournament.
Here's Scacco's report on the event:
The Racine Gladiators Youth Football Organization is a youth football program that hopes to provide unique opportunities for the young people of our community. We hope to provide youth with the opportunity to travel to new places while playing the greatest game on earth! With the support of the residents and businesses in the community, we look forward to having great success for years to come.
We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. We rely on the generosity of our participants, sponsors, and members of the community.
On the weekend of Nov. 21-23 we took three team down to Knoxville to compete in the "Battle in Rocky Top" tournament. All of the teams fared well and the trip was a SUCCESS!!!
Two finished 2-1 (Our U-12 and U-13 teams) and our U-9 team competed very well and gave it their all in finishing 0-2.
Our goal to instill sportsmanship and pride in the city really shined through. We were told by coaches around the country what a great talent level we have in Racine and that the sportsmanship the Gladiators showed was second to none.
The boys got to travel to a place that many of them had never been, playing some of the top teams in the country and came out really making a name for themselves.
We always hear about the bad stories involving our youth; these young athletes are not only winners on the field but they are winners in the classroom.