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Registration strong at NFM Pop Warner

June 6, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The numbers have been a little bit down in recent years for the North Fort Myers Red Knights Pop Warner football and cheer programs.

But with the help of social media and a few old school tactics, the organization hopes to get kids back on the field in 2018.

Registration was held Saturday at their field at North Fort Myers Community Park, where the kids got their physicals and were fitted for their uniforms.

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North Fort Myers Red Knights Pop Warner football program’s new uniforms were unveiled Saturday.

CHUCK BALLARO

The uniforms certainly garnered a lot of positive reaction from the players.

The team will wear a jersey that makes them appear as if wearing plate mail with swords on the side of their pants and all the nuts and bolts associated with wearing armor.

The uniforms were put together by athletic director Chris Reeves and Futurism Designs from scratch, said Joy Moore, league president.

"No other team in the Peace River Conference is going to have uniforms like these. The whole idea was to tie the uniform in with the Red Knights," Moore said. "We've always had something on our uniforms that have something to do with the Knights, especially the upper level."

Steve Brown, media director and fundraising coordinator of the program, said all its marketing has moved to social media and it paid off in the number of sign-ups.

"We've had more people sign up today than in the previous four. Mark Means is here to give the kids their physicals and we're doing a great job," Brown said.

Brown also enlisted the help of Carter-Pritchett which has donated the use of a billboard since early May, which also got a lot of response.

As you might expect, many of the slots filled for football were in the lower levels, where the 35-player maximum is getting close to full (though cheerleaders have no limit). Varsity level will be the toughest to fill, with 15-year-olds no longer eligible to play unlimited and because you can't recruit the high schools and vice-versa.

"We have to talk to the parents and keep them in the loop and let them know the differences between freshman football and Pop Warner for another year and let them make their own decisions," Moore said.

Moore said they expect 150 to 175 for football and between 125 and 150 for cheer. Registration is ongoing and will continue through the start of fall practice on Aug. 1.

The cost is $300 to register. The jersey, pants, undershirt, and travel shorts are the property of the family when they're done.

For more information, go to www.nfmjfa.com.

 
 

 

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