Davy Jones’ Locker Catching up with the Jr Marauders Football program

It’s the start of spring which means…you guessed it, football registration is underway.  From our flag program to our six levels of contact football, there’s a spot for all children in grades first through eighth.  Now you may ask yourself why should my child play football? Children play football because it is fun, challenging, and exciting.  Most kids love being part of a team. Football teaches cooperation and team work, helps develop positive social skills and teaches respect for others. It helps build self-confidence, a positive self-image and self-worth. It enables a child to improve upon and develop a broad range of motor skills like throwing, catching, running, kicking, balance, agility and coordination. Because a large variety of skills and physical abilities are required on a football team, there is a position for every child to play.  We strive to teach the fundamentals of football and life – from sportsmanship, respect, and teamwork, to Heads-Up Tackling, and the importance of having fun and building friendships! As a program we continue to invest in our facilities, working hand in hand with Mt. Olive Township to improve our game fields and practice fields, such as supporting the cost of field lights at $15,000 per year.

This month our program has adopted some troops overseas and have started a go fund me to help with the shipping and supplies we’re sending them.  The service men and women to which we are assigned to, are operating in the Global War on Terror in the Persian Gulf. They include special operators and their support teams and vessels.  Through this endeavor we hope to teach the kids in our program important lessons, such as service and helping help those who keep us safe. You can donate at gofundme.com/marauders-adopt-a-troop.  

Looking ahead to next month, we will be holding our Fourth Annual Mt. Olive Friday Night Lights.  This year’s addition will take place on Fri. May 31st at the football field at Turkey Brook Park. It’s a night filled with fun, friends and football!  Any child who’s either thinking about playing football or already in the program are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there, Go Marauders!!!

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