EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 11, 2013

Letter: Pop Warner provides a foundation for success

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

This is in response to the gentleman that is concerned about 5- to 7-year-olds learning the game of football. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but I feel the letter writer is forming his opinion without all of the facts.

First, the people who volunteer their time to run this organization and coach these children are fully aware of the dangers. They have been trained and take coaching these kids very seriously. Second, not only is there an age requirement there is also a weight requirement for teams. These boys are practicing and playing with other children their same size. They are measured and fit properly for their equipment at the beginning of each season. Don’t take my word for it. I invite you to come down to one of our practices, or better yet, come down on a Sunday to our game day. You will be amazed. These children are learning the game in a safe, fun and family oriented environment.

I have been involved in Methuen Pop Warner for 10 years. I have three teenage children who have all graduated from Methuen Pop Warner. My son played football at Methuen High School and is now a Ram at Framingham State College. Both of my daughters cheered for Methuen Pop Warner, my middle daughter is now a captain of the Methuen High School varsity cheerleading team and my youngest daughter was a member of the Pop Warner national champion cheerleading team. Methuen Pop Warner was an incredible foundation for their successes and taught them much more than football and cheering.

I hope that these boys that are on the team now, stick with it and graduate from Methuen Pop Warner. If they go on to play football in high school they will have a solid foundation, experience and knowledge of the game, which I believe will help to keep them safe. There are no guarantees in life. We all hope and do our best to keep our children safe.

I do not question the values of the parents that have enrolled their children into Methuen Pop Warner, I applaud them! I see these boys on the team coming to practice and playing in games. Sure there are some bumps along the way, but they are learning the skill of football safely and loving every minute of it!

Go Rangers!

Pam Wallace