The teams of the Corsicana Peewee Football and Cheer League have even more to celebrate in preparation for Homecoming Oct. 19 as they continue their season undefeated.
Cedric Fields, president of the organization, says it aims to teach kids skills they can use on the field and throughout their lives.
"We teach the kids life skills," Fields said. "We mentor them, and provide them with good role models."
Fields and other volunteer coaches coordinate with their players' schools, visiting weekly to check in and help the kids' stay on track with their responsibilities.
“One of the most important things that we try to instill in our kids is being positive leaders on and off the field. Specifically, in the classroom and out in the community,” he said.
“Myself and other coaches talk to the kids daily about being humble and respectful, because these two things alone will make you a better person and get you way further in life than where football can take you.”
Fields has been with the organization for over five years, serving as its president for three. This season, there are 105 participants and Fields said he hopes to see even more join next year.
“We strive to be that positive role model in their lives accordingly and go far and beyond to make sure all of the kids are getting positive reinforcement on a daily basis that they may not be receiving at home.”
The league is open to kids five through 12, and Fields said the majority of them are in the program from start to finish.
“As a matter of fact we have about five kids that participated in our organization from five to 12 years of age that are freshman on the Varsity football team now and are contributing to the team in a high capacity, so that tells me that we are doing some great things getting them prepared for school ball.”
The young athletes' success in life carries on to their time on the field. Many of the football teams make the playoffs annually.
“Currently all of our teams are undefeated with three games left before playoffs start,” Fields said. “So with that being said, all three will be in the playoffs and have a very high chance of making a Super Bowl trip this year!
In the past three years, the teams have accounted for seven Super Bowl Trophies, four from the Senior team, two from the Junior team, and one from the Bantam team, and the cheerleaders have won two championships.
“This speaks volumes of our program because not only do we win championships in football, but cheer as well!”
Cheerleaders regularly travel to compete competitions, earning numerous titles and awards. This year, the Junior and Senior teams claimed first place and the Bantams claimed third place at the annual Heart of Texas Cheer Competition. The groups competed against other teams in the Heart of Texas Organization and received a large trophy and banner marking their success.
“We are very proud of the cheerleaders and appreciate their dedication and hard work,” said Sharon Brown, who has coached the cheerleaders for two years.
The Heart of Texas League hosts annual cheer competitions, which the cheerleaders have attended the past two years. The competition is held in Crockett where they compete with other cheer groups within the Heart of Texas Organization.
“This is always a fun and exciting event for the girls,” Brown said. “The girls have to perform a cheer, chant, and dance.”
This year, 28 girls are participating in teams divided by age. The cheer groups practice three days a week and cheer on the teams during regular season and into the playoffs. To encourage the girls, a weekly spirit stick is awarded to a girl from each group who displays team spirit, good sportsmanship, and a positive attitude.
Cheerleaders also participate in Pink Out events and wear pink accessories during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness. They also join the community Christmas parade, wearing holiday accessories and chanting cheers in the procession.
During Homecoming, the cheerleaders perform a dance or routine and a Homecoming Queen is crowned for each age group: Bantam, Junior and Senior.
The Queen is chosen by coaches based on performance and behavior in school, attendance, sportsmanship, and participation in fundraising and other activities. The chosen Queens receive a sash, crown, and small gift marking their accomplishment.
“Our number one goal when kids leave our program is to assure that we have given them the tools and fundamentals to be successful for school ball and most importantly that they are manageable and coach able so the transition will be smooth not only for them, but for the Junior High, Sub Varsity, Varsity coaches as well,” Fields said.
At the end of the total football season, there is a banquet held for both football players and cheerleaders. The players and cheerleaders are treated to a meal and awarded for their participation and accomplishments throughout the season.
Corsicana Peewee Football and Cheer is a member Heart of Texas Organization and open to five through 12-year-olds. Inclusive football and cheer teams are split into ages five to seven, eight to nine, and 10 to 12. Annual sign ups are held June through August.
“Any child in Navarro County can play for our organization and, in the past, we have had kids from Rice, Blooming Grove, Kerens and Mildred participate with us. So as long as they are in the Navarro County radius they have the opportunity to play for our organization.”
Fields gave special recognition to the league's financial donors, Arizona Charlie's Bingo, David Hawthorne, Daniel Manning, Dr. Pepper, Super One Food, HEB, KOHLS, Walmart, All State Insurance, John Lane and Chuck Braun and Corsicana ISD for allowing the teams to use their facilities for practice and games.