Sun Youth Hor­nets’ Foot­ball Pro­gram Be­gins a New Era

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For as long as Sun Youth has had a foot­ball pro­gram, the or­ga­ni­za­tion's co-founder Earl De La Per­ralle has been at the helm of the pro­gram, al­low­ing it to grow tremen­dously over the last decades. As pres­i­dent of the Que­bec Midget Foot­ball League, he is also in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of am­a­teur foot­ball in Que­bec and great in­flu­ence and in­spi­ra­tion to count­less ath­letes and fel­low coaches. The Sun Youth Hor­nets are now one of the best man­aged am­a­teur foot­ball or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Prov­ince, and many alumni have suc­cess­fully gone on to play in the col­lege, univer­sity and even professional lev­els. A wind of change is blow­ing on the pro­gram this Spring as De La Per­ralle de­cided to step down from Midget’s Head Coach to give the lead to the younger gen­er­a­tion. How­ever, he will still play a role in the Que­bec Midget Foot­ball League.The pro­gram will now be man­aged by Jesse Bliz­zard, long-time coach and em­ployee of Sun Youth who will be in charge of foot­ball oper­a­tions. Dim­itrios Manolopou­los, also long­time coach, alumni and mem­ber of Sun Youth’s Board of Direc­tors has been named Head Coach of our Midget team, hop­ing to bring back to the top the once back-to­back league cham­pi­ons.

Sun Youth’s foot­ball pro­gram has been around for decades, al­low­ing many young­sters to dis­cover the sport and learn the many life lessons it teaches. The pro­gram serves as a way for chil­dren to play the game, of­ten with­out any prior ex­pe­ri­ence. Ear­lier this year, the of­fen­sive tackle Justin Se­nior was drafted to the Seat­tle Sea­hawks from the Mis­sis­sippi State Bull­dogs. He had the chance to play foot­ball at Sun Youth back in 2009. Sun Youth takes great pride in the suc­cess and achieve­ments of its ath­letes, who them­selves be­come am­bas­sadors for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and role mod­els for the younger gen­er­a­tion.Th­ese suc­cess sto­ries are proudly dis­played on the “Wall of Fame” of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s St-Ur­bain Street head­quar­ters. As al­ways, SunYouth is look­ing to re­cruit new play­ers aged 717 who want to join the Hor­net's nest. In­deed, Sun Youth will be hold­ing a train­ing camp on July 17th, 5:30pm for play­ers of all lev­els.

In the mean­time, Sun Youth of­fers prac­tices to all the young peo­ple who want to de­velop their skills.All Midget level play­ers are in­vited ev­ery Wed­nes­day night. As for all Ban­tam play­ers, they are wel­come ev­ery Fri­day night at 5:30pm. Atoms, Mos­qui­toes, Pee­wees level play­ers have prac­tice ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing.

SunYouth’s foot­ball pro­gram has been around for decades,al­low­ing many young­sters to dis­cover the sport with the help of pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers and coaches such as (from left to right) Pa­trick­Yoshy,An­thony

Jac­ques, Dim­itrios Manolopou­los, Gerry Pel­letier and Earl De La Per­ralle.

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