By Tamas Mondovics
In the wake of joining the Pop Warner Little Scholars program earlier this year, followed by a productive summer, the Valrico Rams Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization is ready start its ninth year of fall competition and the fourth at its new facility.
Determined to post a solid season, Rams president Joel Rodriguez pointed to the organization’s growth as it reached the 300-mark on its football and cheer roster (175 football, 125 cheer) under the watchful eyes of the program’s coaching staff, volunteers and the local community.
“We have added an additional team to make it six teams this season and, we have also doubled our cheer roster, led by our Cheer Director, Gena Robinson,” Rodriguez said.
By joining Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Rams, who proudly practice and host their games at 707 S Miller Rd. in Valrico, were the first Valrico-Brandon organization to be honored with membership and the third organization in Brandon, joining the FishHawk Wolfpack and the SouthShore Longhorns fellow member organizations.
Rodriguez emphasized that while athletics are the main focus, the Rams drive is much more than just about earning
“It’s about the community,” he said. “Teaching our kids life lessons, teamwork, responsibility, sportsmanship and respect by also focusing on performing off the field, which is why our Pop Warner Little Scholars affiliation fits the Valrico Rams’ mission perfectly.”
As the season commences on the mostly completed field, the need of a new scoreboard and a new PA system is still on the Rams to-do-list.
“We are thankful for all the help and support from the county and the community that we have already received, and we are confident of everyone’s continued support as we tackle these yet-to-be-finished projects,” Rodriguez said.
For more information about the Rams 2013-14 season, please visit www.valricorams.org.