By Tamas Mondovics
For the past quarter of a century, the Brandon Bears Youth Football and Cheerleading organization has served the community and has been committed to providing a safe and positive environment for children to learn teamwork and participate in sports.
Unfortunately, however, while the program consistently turns in one successful season after another, its athletes, coaches and administration are still functioning without a field of their own.
“We are thankful for our practice field at Providence Park, located at 5720 Providence Rd., and have secured the Raven’s field to host our home games” said Bears president, Victoria Plachta. “Of course we are hopeful that the county will help us to have a permanent location.”
It is noteworthy that based on the program’s current winning record, as well as strong season launch, the boys are playing their 25th season games on solid ground.
A good example of this was the Bears recent visit with the Brandon Broncos, a program that worked off of a fresh start last year and a subsequent re-building.
For starters, the Bears Mighty Mights defeated the Broncos 38-6, followed by a show down of the Pee-Wee division, which also played out in the Bears favor, while the Bears Mighty Mights are hoping to keep the momentum of their undefeated season launch continue.
With 160 players on its football roster, coupled with its 150-plus cheerleaders, the Bears are set to sport another solid season.
Last year the program sent five of its teams to the playoffs with its Midgets bringing home the Super Bowl trophy, while its cheer teams sported 13 first-place wins and eight grand championships.
For more information about and to sponsor or support the Brandon Bears, please visit the organization at www.brandonbears.org.