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My Boy is a Midget

In 1929, the owner of a new factory in Northeast Philadelphia enlisted the help of a young friend, Joseph J. Tomlin with a recurring problem. Over 100 of the factories’ ground-to-floor windows were shattered in one month’s time by teenagers hurling stones from a nearby vacant lot. Since other factories in the area were also being affected by the same type of vandalism, Tomlin, a sports enthusiast, recommended the building owners join together to fund an athletics program for the city’s youth. Although it wouldn’t be officially titled Pop Warner until the 1934 football season, that was indeed the beginnings of this long-standing organization.

Today Pop Warner is the largest and oldest non-profit, youth football organization in the world with over 400,000 participants ranging in age from 5 to 15. It is also the only youth organization with an academic requirement. The program is divided into four separate age/weight categories referred to as Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget and Midget.

My boy is a Midget.

His team, The HudsonValley Knights just won the Eastern Region Mid Hudson Conference. They are the League Champions and are now in the Regional Championship. They are undefeated and three games away from playing in the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Walt Disney World this December at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

For 83-years Pop Warner Football has been keeping its participants out of vacant lots, off the streets, off the couch, off the internet and on the playing fields. Over the years its basic philosophy that athletics and academics go hand-in-hand has remained the same, propelling its success. Kids are taught the value of dedication, hard work, practice and teamwork. They are given countless, hands-on opportunities to learn what it means to be responsible, have respect, integrity and loyalty.

These are the character traits of champions.

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  1. jen
    October 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    congratulations Noah! Fantastic!

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  2. October 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    WooHoo!! Thanks, Jen.

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  3. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Nothing midget about this cool team!! Awesome!!

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    • October 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, anonymous! 🙂

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  4. October 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    YIKES!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!!!
    way to go, Noah!!

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  5. October 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Fingers crossed! Thanks, Breida.

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  6. October 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Those Midgets are giants!

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    • October 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Yes, indeed Lady. Thank you for reading/commenting!

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  7. October 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Exciiiiiiiiiiiting!!!!!!!!!! Wow! I love everything about what you described, and how awesome for Noah. I’ll be praying they go all the way, but either way, he’s a superstar! XOXO

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    • October 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      xoxo Thanks, SWM!!!! We are battening down the hatches here in NY. School closed today and tomorrow!!

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  8. November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    That is so cool Karen. Good luck to him. Their could be worse things than Orlando in December! Does Pop Warner take girls?

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    • November 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Andy! And YES they do !!!!

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      • November 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        …cause I have a bit of a mighty midget already…when she’s not playing Princess. Have agreat weekend Karen!

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  9. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    This was my first time watching a football game, l did not understand all of the game , but l got the gist of it. Congratulations to you Noah and your team

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    • November 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Glad you could see it Anonymous.

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