The Yuma Underdawgs are more than just football, they're family.
The 10u, 12u and 14u teams all share one thing in common, determination. Just last week the team found out they qualified for the National Youth Football Championships in Tampa, Florida and they are now frantically hoping to raise $15,000 to cover all expenses for their once in a lifetime trip.
The problem is, time is not necessarily on their side. The boys need to raise this money before January 16, 2020. They hope to leave Yuma on January 16 and compete on January 17-20.
The team is composed of headstrong young individuals. Most young athletes in the club are boasting a 3.5 GPA and participate in other extracurricular events besides football.
But, it is not all about playing the sport and putting Yuma on the map. The boys are also learning to care for those in their own community. On Thanksgiving Day, the team partnered up with Dominoes in Yuma and gave the youth at Crossroads mission a slice of pizza. Friday before Christmas they dropped off gifts for the youth at Crossroads mission in Yuma.
Head Coach of the Yuma Underdawgs, Joseph Polk, says their mission is to make high-quality athletes not only on the field but also in the community and classroom.
If you would like to help the Yuma Underdawgs get to Tampa, Bay for nationals, you can visit their facebook page: @YumaUnderdawgsAZ