Bayside youth team raising money for Florida trip
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.
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.