By Tamas Mondovics
For the past two-and-a-half decades, and especially the last couple of seasons, the East Bay Buccaneers Youth Football and Cheerleading organization has had its share of successes, earning the organization a great measure of countywide respect.
The East Bay Buccaneers Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Inc. is a Florida non-profit organization that sponsors youth cheerleading for ages 4 to 14 and full contact football teams for ages 5 to 14.
If the first half of the current season is any indication of their success, the Buccaneers are now well on their way to post a season better than ever. Coaches, parents and of course, the players have every reason to be proud of the 200 cheerleaders and 175 football players.
Thanks to the strong start, at least four out of the program’s five teams have posted an undefeated first half so far this season. With such a record (6-0 at the time of writing) the Buccaneers are rightfully eying this year’s Superbowl, scheduled for late November.
Buccaneers current President Jake Callahan spoke highly of the organization’s recent successes, which he said has everything to do with a dedicated coaching staff, an amazing volunteer support and a great number of talent on the part of both the football players and the cheerleaders.
“We are blessed to have such a great organization, with coaches, parents and players all doing their part,” Callahan said.
The organization is a member of the Tri-County Youth Football and Cheer Conference (TCYFCC). All five teams practice and play their home games at the recently renovated field at 10310 Bullfrog Creek in Gibsonton. All coaches and board members are unpaid volunteers.
TCYFCC was created by youth tackle football and cheerleading organizations in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco Counties.
The Buc’s 2014 Conference includes games against the Brandon Lions, New Tampa, Pinecrest, Turkey Creek, Lakeland Eagles, Dover Patriots, Brandon Cowboys, Lakeland Gators, Antioch Redskins, Plant City Dolphins and Wesley Chapel Cowboys.
Callahan emphasized that the recent upgrades at the Bucs home base, which has included new turf, field goals, upgraded concession stand and new fencing, to name a few all adds to the organization’s current and continued future success.
For more information about TCYFCC, visit www.tcyfcc.com.