My family has always loved football. However, in 1998 I was 12 and my brother was 15. He was diagnosed with 2 variations of Leukemia. At the time we lived in Thailand, and they were not prepared to treat his illness. We were born in Denver and my father'a entire family still lived here. We got on a plane and flew home. My parents were unable to work as they were in the hospital day in and day out with Brandon. We therefore lived with my Grandmother while we fought this fight. As things were quite sad football was the one thing we looked forward to every week. There were 9 of us living together and we huddled around in the living room to watch the Broncos. On December 17th my brother received a transplant that saved his life. As you know the Broncos went on to win the Super Bowl a few weeks later. We ran into the streets and took my brother to the parade in a wheel chair and drew a broncos emblem on his bald head. Since then, football and the Broncos have been a member of our family. And as a 12 year old I believed that was our reward for fighting Brandon's fight! Can't wait for football to start on Thursday. Hoping for a different outcome from February :)
As we go into week 7 of the 2014 football, season to my coaching buddies remember that your words have power. If you call a kid a meathead or get in his face about something, remember to grab them after practice and explain to them the reason for that. If you need a kid to give you something that they are not giving you show them what you need, don't just assume that they understand because you see it clear as day.
To me the game of football is...
my name is Michael ray. I entered my pee wee football team as a group but am not sure if you guys have the entry. I got an email that confirmed that u got it and said I would receive and email once it was approved, but that was a week ago. I wanted to enter my daughter in the contest as an individual but she just turned 10, and I wasn't sure if she could be entered, so I just entered the team. she is a quarterback and she is good. she already has 10 td passes this season. she was featured on HLN News Now with Mike Galanos. She loves football. she grew up cheering for her brother, but she really wanted to play. so this year I let her. Anyways, I tried resubmitting the video I used for our team entry and a separate video for her entry, but it wont allow me to attach a file that size.maybe you can get the videos from our facebook pages. I am posting them on my timeline. As far as what football means to her, she says its her favorite thing to do with her family and at school. if she isn't watching it, he is playing it. Michael T. Ray( daughter is Jordyn D. Ray)
Our video was produced by one of our long time players, Nelson Nunez and his work was supported by Jessica Freels photographs. I am the founder and organizer for Ultimate Football Walnut Creek. UFWC is not a league and there is no cost to those who play. Sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play are the most critical components of the game and a must for anyone who competes.
I started organizing Ultimate Football games in Walnut Creek in 2009...