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Prescott Valley Youth football needs players, sponsors

The Prescott Valley Youth Football and Cheer Association is experiencing its share of trials because of the still-sagging economy. Numbers are down and money is tight. But organizers aren't discouraged.

"We're only there for one reason. We want to keep this program running for the kids," said PVYFCA Director of Sponsors Bridget Brooks, who has two daughters in the cheer program.

Brooks said the PV league generally pulls in 300-450 kids combined in football and cheer. So far this season, only 175 children have registered.

Because of that, the organization is accepting late registrations. Practices started Aug. 1 at Mountain Valley Park on the soccer pavilion field, and parents are welcome to come out at 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday through Aug. 10 to register their children.

Cheer, for girls ages 4-14, costs $100, and includes uniform and poms.

Football cost is $135, including uniform and equipment, for ages 5-13 (by Aug. 1). The Prescott Valley league will not field a 14-year-old team this year, because most are freshmen. Northern Arizona Youth Football league new rules disallow freshmen this year.

Opening day is Aug. 27. The season runs from August through Nov. 12, Championship Day. Home games will take place at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School this year. The field also is home to the Dewey-Humboldt youth football teams.

"The biggest thing is, we don't have a home," said Brooks.

She said PVYFCA is pushing hard to raise money for a scoreboard, the only thing preventing the team from playing at the Bradshaw Mountain High East campus field. NAYF league rules require a scoreboard, and when the Prescott Valley league completes its campaign, the East campus will become the home field, she said.

"We would put their name on the scoreboard for a major sponsor," said Brooks.

They also need sponsors for three more teams, she said.

The league has raised some money through car washes, but that's gone to award scholarships to 45 children this year. They will sell discount cards and several area restaurants are sponsoring "give-back" nights. Chili's will donate a portion of proceeds from every Monday and Tuesday in August, and Fuddrucker's and Texas Roadhouse have offered to host at times yet to be determined, Brooks said. Blondie's and Gabby's Kitchen is donating food for a barbecue and silent auction that's open to the public on Friday, Aug. 12, at Mountain Valley Park. Cost of the barbecue is just $5/person.

To help with sponsorships, call Brooks at 928-583-2503, or PVYFCA president Chad Mickelson at 928-925-7115, or email:bridgetbrooks83@hotmail.com.

NAYF includes: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Bagdad, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Sedona, Big Bug (Dewey-Humboldt), Flagstaff, Williams, Wickenburg and Page. 

For more information, visit pvyfca.com

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