The East Bay Warriors (EBW) Pop Warner Football and Cheer Organization has qualified to attend the national championship competition in Orlando, Florida and plans to go if the organization can raise the money for 120 players, who are members of three football teams and three cheer teams.
The East Bay Warriors is in its 16th season and has six divisions that range from ages 5 to 15 with over 300 participants. The teams play and practice at Raimondi Park in West Oakland.
The three football teams and cheer squads include Jr. Pee Wee, Jr. Midget, Midget. Each team in the organization has its own name, such as the Wolves, Wildcats or Wranglers.
The Warriors is named after the McClymonds High School Warriors, not the Golden State Warriors basketball team.
This season, the Warriors has over 100 Pop Warner National Scholars with players being required to submit report cards and progress reports with an average GPA of 3.4 for all teams.
Fredrick Pugh, president of the East Bay Warriors Pop Warner football and cheerleading program is looking for community support. The estimated travel expense to attend he Pop Warner National Championship is about $1,000 per child.
“We still need to raise money to get all the teams to Florida,” said Pugh. “We need $120,000 with all expenses included and are currently have around $80,000.”
The program equips, educates, and prepares the youth of the East Bay for a positive and productive future. Some of the goals include encouraging positive ideals of sportsmanship and self-respect as well extending the network capacity to the surrounding communities.
For more information about donations, call (510) 869-4760.