December 3, 2010 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the Frankford Chargers and North Philly BlackHawks of the Pop Warner Football League have received funding support for travel and lodging expenses as they make their way to the National Super Bowl Tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. A total of $26,500 was donated by private sponsors to pay for airfare, lodging and meals for youth, parents and representatives from both teams.
The following donors committed their support:
- Philadelphia Eagles: $10,000
- Mitchell & Ness: $5,000
- VILLA: $5,000
- Comcast: $4,000
- CBS: $2,000
- Bowman Kavulich, Ltd.: $500
“The Chargers and BlackHawks have done a tremendous job, both athletically and academically, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them play in this year’s Super Bowl Tournament,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank the generous donors who stepped up to make sure these players will have an opportunity to compete in Florida. Their support of our local youth is reflective of how proud Philadelphia is to rally behind these ambitious, talented and determined young people.”
In 2007, the Frankford Chargers won the National Championship and Super Bowl at the 52nd annual Pop Warner Super Bowl in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Both the Chargers and BlackHawks dominated the Division One Regional Championship during Thanksgiving weekend to advance to the Super Bowl Tournament in Florida.
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS), founded in 1929, is a nonprofit that provides youth football, and cheer and dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world.400,000 youth, from the ages of 5 to 16 years old participate in football, cheer and dance programs in the United States. PWLS requires its participants to perform satisfactorily in the classroom before they can participate in the organization’s activities. PWLS is committed to maintaining a healthy balance of academics and recreational opportunities for participants so they can develop in a positive way later on in life.