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Football and Cheer for kids


Youth Football, Copyright Curtis Morton Lowerlighter

Autumn brings cooler weather, back to school and football season. Even the youngest members of your family can get involved in watching and rooting for the family's favorite team! Here in Colorado, that team may be the Denver Broncos but not always. Whoever you root for, there are many great resources for learning about and participating in playing and cheering!

For participation in football, the YMCA of Denver has flag football leagues for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Pop Warner, a national organization for youth football, has a Rocky Mountain League in the Denver area. If your child is interested in playing this is a GREAT option as over 70% of NFL players played in the Pop Warner leagues when they were kids!

For cheerleading, Pop Warner Cheer and Dance is another good option, though it is slightly more expensive. A cheer class through the local dance company, like The School for the Performing Arts in Fort Morgan, is cheaper and a good introduction to cheer in a non-competitive format.

There are a number of great books about football for little ones as well. The Denver Public Library has a list of books to help your little one learn about the game, including The Greatest Game Ever Played and Little Granny Quarterback.