Genesee County Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading registration begins next week

Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.comBy Eric Woodyard | 
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on April 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM


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FLINT, Mich. – Registration for the fourth annual Genesee County Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading program will start next week.

Parents can begin signing up their children as early as Monday, April 22-Saturday, June 1 for the discounted early-bird rate of $175. The Genesee County Pop Warner office is located at G-3487 Richfield Road in Flint.

"We're going to be as big as possible this year," said league president Sean Brandon. "We have a lot of big sponsors on board and so together we're going to team up and make it happen. We've got a lot of good people in the community that is trying to make this thing work."

Kids ages 5-14 can participate. Players will get sorted in tackle divisions with other kids that are of similar age and weight. This rule is enforced to reduce the risk of injuries.

The season officially kicks off on Thursday, August 1. All games will be played in Genesee County on Flint Hamady High School's football field located at 3400 North Jennings Rd. near Pierson.

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All participants will receive a trophy at the annual Scholars and Awards Banquet at the end of the season. Members with a 3.5 grade point average or above will also have the chance to become an All-American Scholar at a Chicago event.

Volunteer coaches are much-needed for both football and cheer. 

For more information please contact Sean Brandon at (810) 875-2699 or (810) 265-9371.

Brandon can also be reached via email or on the web at:

"We've got a great staff and everybody's pretty much solid about this year here," Brandon said. "We're going to be OK."


Genesee County Pop Warner League prepares Flint kids for high school sports

Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.comBy Eric Woodyard | 
on September 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM, updated September 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM


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EnlargeGriffin Moores | Detroit Titans players chant and cheer in a huddle to get ready for their Genesee County Pop Warner "Homecoming" football game against the Macomb County Wolverines in Mount Morris, Mich. on Saturday, September 29, 2012.Genesee County Pop Warner "Homecoming" football gallery (8 photos)
FLINT, MI – Young football players and cheerleaders from Flint spend weekends perfecting their craft at Mt. Morris Alternative High School.


The Genesee County Pop Warner Football League prepares the future high school kids for the next level of sports. 

Kids are schooled on football's fundamentals, sportsmanship, and how to play on a team.

League President Sean Brandon organized the inaugural homecoming games on Saturday morning featuring local squads as well as teams from Detroit, Ypsilanti and Southfield. He was pleased with the overall turnout of the event.

"This is going to help the high school coaches (in the area) to have guys this young that have already played tackle football before they reach the high schools," said Brandon. "When I first came from California I helped coach Northern's varsity team and you had half of the team that had never put on pads before so we started this program to give kids an early start."

Brandon brought the Pop Warner League to Flint in 2010. The organization has been around nationally since 1929 and lets kids compete against each other based on their size and weight. Kids ages 5-14 can play as long as they maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the classroom.

Keyon Menifield Jr. is a nine-year-old wide receiver for the Genesee County Eagles who enjoys playing on weekends. Sometimes the large crowds in the stands make him nervous but once the games start he says the jitters go away.

"I'm used to it," said Menifield Jr., a fourth grader at Richfield Elementary School.

Former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison spoke to the athletes before the opening game. Parents were on-site for face painting as Flint Northern High School's band provided tunes for the audience.

Pop Warner's competitive cheerleading program also displayed their routines during the contests.

Shelly Williams-Johnson registered her 11-year-old daughter Shamya Johnson for Pop Warner cheerleading when it first became established in Flint. Last year Shamya washonored as an "All-American Scholar" and Shelly likes what her daughter is learning by participating in the organization.

"You have the positive role models with the coaches that shape and mold them the right way and it shows them how to handle things when stuff doesn't go their way," said Williams-Johnson.



Genesee County Pop Warner 'Homecoming' football games begin Saturday morning in Flint

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FLINT, MI -- The Genesee County Pop Warner "Homecoming" football games will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.  There will be five matchups featuring local teams from Flint as well as squads from Detroit, Ypsilanti and Southfield. The last game will be played at 3 p.m. and Flint Northern High School's marching band will perform for the fans around 11 a.m.Hamady High School's football field, located at 3400 North Jennings Rd. near Pierson Road, will be the site of the contests. "We're trying to create a situation where teams come to our town, stay in our hotels and use our restaurants," League President Sean Brandon said. "We're trying to bring some things to Flint so that we can showcase that we do have a good town."






Genesee County Pop Warner All-American awards and scholar banquet scheduled for Saturday

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By Eric Woodyard | 
on December 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM, updated December 04, 2012 at 2:02 PM


Genesee County Pop Warner  A Detroit Titans players leaps out in an attempt to tackle a Macomb County Wolverine player as he ran the ball downfield during a Genesee County Pop Warner "Homecoming" football game in Mount Morris, Mich. on Saturday, September 29, 2012.Griffin Moores

FLINT, MI – Young student-athletes in Flint will be honored for their success in school and academics at the Genesee County Pop WarnerAll-American football and scholar banquet this weekend.

All Pop Warner participants will receive awards and dinner will be served at the black tie event on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint at 7 p.m. 

Dinner prices for adults are $25 and $15 for children. All Pop Warner football and cheer participants are free.  

"We just want to make sure that we stress that it's all about the books and those academic kids get acknowledged more so than just the athletic kids," Genesee County Pop Warner President Sean Brandon said.

The Genesee County Pop Warner league completed its third straight season in Flint. All of the kids will get an award for successful completion but the kids with a 3.0 grade point average or above will get an additional trophy for academics. 

"It's just a win-win situation to allow these community members to start to get involved and a lot of people want to see this Pop Warner thing work and we're going to do our thing to keep it going as long as we possibly can," Brandon said. "Everybody seems to be getting on board but we've got to continue to do our part."