Bay­side youth team rais­ing money for Florida trip

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

EAS­TON — The 14u Bay­side All Star foot­ball team will be go­ing for the Amer­i­can Youth Foot­ball na­tional cham­pi­onship in Florida, and the team is seek­ing dona­tions to cover the travel ex­penses.

The play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing are eighth-graders from Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. The na­tional cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment will be held from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9 in Kis­sim­mee, Fla.

“I coached on the 2012 team, and they had the op­por­tu­nity to go to Florida but we couldn’t raise the funds,” said as­sis­tant head Pierre Tue who was the head coach from the Kent 13u team in the reg­u­lar sea­son. “I told my­self if that op­por­tu­nity ever pre­sented it­self ever again we would go. It is some­thing pos­i­tive for the kids.

“It is im­por­tant to do­nate for the sim­ple fact that these are the kids in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “They are our fu­ture. They are great kids. We’ve been coach­ing many of them for years. I feel it is

im­por­tant to put back into your com­mu­nity.

“The com­mu­nity has been very sup­port­ive of youth foot­ball,” he said. “It takes a lot of hands to have a strong pro­gram like we have on the Eastern Shore. We want to give the kids this chance of a life­time to play in the na­tional cham­pi­onship. We ap­pre­ci­ate any help we can get.”

The tour­na­ment will give play­ers a chance to play three games against teams from all over the coun­try. The op­por­tu­nity al­lows the play­ers to be seen with a chance to make the AYF All Star Game.

Last year, Cam Er­rick­son played in Florida, and was se­lected to the All Star Team. Er­rick­son then went on to play this year on the Colonel Richard­son High School var­sity foot­ball team as a fresh­man.

“It is a big op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers,” said Bay­side head coach Bruce Han­cock. “Many are leav­ing our pro­gram af­ter be­ing in it since they were 6 and 7 years old. While they are there, they can be rec­og­nized for their play on the field, and get in­vited back for a na­tional all star team.

“The fam­i­lies must pay a huge por­tion of the ex­pense,” he said. “We are ask­ing for dona­tions from our com­mu­ni­ties, not for the Con­fer­ence, but for funds to be distributed to­wards the fam­ily’s por­tion to re­duce their cost.”

Com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses can make a do­na­tion on the team’s GoFundMe page at www. gofundme.com/bayside­all­star-foot­ball-florida.

Do­na­tion’s also can be mailed to Bruce Han­cock 319 West Cen­tral Av­enue, Fed­er­als­burg, Md. , 21632. Checks can be made out to Bay­side AYF.

The play­ers on the team in­clude Jack Mor­ris of Caro­line, Maikhi Tiller of Kent, Mar­cus Floyd of Kent, Bran­don Gor­don of Kent, Bran­don Can­non of Kent, Se­maj Pleas­ant of Caro­line, Jer­miah Rick­etts of Caro­line, Cameron Gon­deck of Caro­line, Ash­ton Si­wald of Queen Anne’s, Nasir Warner of Caro­line, Wil­liam Maule of Kent, Johnny Wood­field of Kent, Austin Alexan­der of Caro­line, Christo­pher Schauber of Kent, Ry­land Bart­ley of Kent, Sa­muel Duff of Caro­line, Trent Lee of Caro­line and Don­tay Warner of Caro­line.

Join­ing Han­cock and Pierre Tue on the coach­ing staff in­cludes Jeff Frase, Paul Tue, Eric Lee and Ar­nelle War­ren.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

The 14u Bay­side All Star foot­ball team fea­tures eighth graders from Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. The team is seek­ing dona­tions to cover the travel ex­penses to the na­tional cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment in Florida.

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