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Liberty City Jr. Pee Wee Team wins national title

caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.

TACOLCYS youth capture the hearts of the City

The Jr. Pee Wee Team sponsored by TACOLCY won the Pop Warner Super Bowl National Championship last weekend at ESPNs Wide World of Sports their first ever and have quickly become the darlings of Liberty City. With a national title firmly under their belt, the TACOLCY Raiders were included as participants in the Fifth Annual Christmas on 15th Avenue parade last Saturday morning. They will also be seen at other events throughout the holiday season sharing their story of practice and perseverance. Sixty-four teams from across the nation battled their way through regional competition to advance to the week-long Pop Warner Super Bowl considered the height of any young football players life. Teams vying for the national championship title advanced through two rounds before being crowned the victor in their respective division, each based on age and weight: Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget and Midget. Pop Warner is the nations largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization and the only one that requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates that roughly 70 percent of current NFL playerswere once part of the Pop Warner system. Sixty-four teams from across the nation have battled their way through regional competition to advance to the week-long Pop Warner Super Bowl, the pinnacle of their young football careers. Teams competing for theNational Championship titlehave advanced through two rounds of national competition here in Orlando. National Champions will be crowned in four divisions based on age and weight - Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget and Midget. Division II teams compete Friday, 12/7 and Division I teams compete Saturday, 12/8. Pop Warner is the nations largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, and the only one that requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates that roughly 70 percent of current NFL playersgot their starts playing Pop Warner, including Heisman Trophy winnerTim Tebow (New York Jets), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings), andRay Lewis (Baltimore Ravens). Miami Times staff report