Community's kindness helps grieving Albany pee-wee football team

November 29, 2018 06:48 PM

ALBANY - A "Hail Mary" from the community is benefiting a local pee-wee football program.

For the Albany Pop Warner football program, it was a season of tragedy and triumph. A group of 12-year-old champions will now be able to attend an awards banquet they had been dreaming about.

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NewsChannel 13 has been following this story for the past several months. You'll recall that the Pee-Wee Falcons of Albany Pop Warner Football suffered a double tragedy during their season. Not one, but two of their coaches were gunned down on city streets over the summer.

While grieving the loss of Joseph Davis, aka "Coach 7," and another coach, Elijah Cancer, The Pee Wee Falcons, guided by replacement coaches, managed to win their league championship.

However, because the league has financial difficulty, it was looking like the players and cheerleaders would have to do without a season-ending awards banquet.

Then, Albany County District Attorney David Soares got the word out that the kids needed a banquet -- and the community responded.

Generous donations came in. The awards banquet is a "go"!

The banquet will be December 8 at the Tony Clement Center for Excellence.


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