Over 50 Southwest young men practice two hours a day all week and compete in Saturday games at recreation centers across DC. These four teams, with ages ranging from 5 to 13 years, attend an hour of study hall for school homework at the King-Greenleaf Recreation after school. More than a dozen adult coaches, some who learned the game at SW’s Police Boys and Girls Club #4 and went on to high school and college ball, then train the teams in safe but winning football tactics.
Competition started in September, with SW Wolfpack teams scoring well for a successful season so far.
By: Dale MacIver
(Caption) Three of Southwest’s Wolfpack teams – Black, White, Gold – pose for the camera. The SW Assembly’s Youth Task Force each year helps finance their uniforms, safety equipment and supplies. Half a dozen pompom cheerleaders keep the teams’ spirits up.