Now in its 18th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (YFA) presented by MetroPCS visited parks in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the first time this year on Saturday, September 10. The program recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support of the community.

The day began with a trip to Ezhell Hester Community Center for Florida Youth Football League (FYFL) action featuring the East Boynton Wildcats. Traveling south, the next two visits highlighted the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes at Mills Pond Park and the Miami Gardens Vikings at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. Saturday’s festivities concluded with honoring the Miami Gardens Cowboys at Bunche Park.  All four teams honored this week represent the Florida Youth Football League.

At each stop during the program, OBIE, the Orange Bowl mascot, was joined by Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff in distributing promotional items and discounts from Orange Bowl YFA sponsors and presenting each park with a commemorative plaque.

This year’s Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, which is presented by MetroPCS and supported by associate sponsors American Airlines, Clutch Insurance, Comcast, Dave & Buster’s, Florida Prepaid College Board, Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Nike, Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., Powerade, Toyota, and Wells Fargo, continues to positively impact the South Florida community.

Since the beginning of the program in 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested more than $7 million in its youth sports programs in South Florida. The Orange Bowl YFA presented by MetroPCS benefits more than 15,000 youth football players and cheerleaders spanning from north of Lake Okeechobee to Key West. Each league and park receives direct financial support from the Orange Bowl Committee.

In addition to the Orange Bowl YFA, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally based festivals and events that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world.

Youth sports is one of the four pillars of Orange Bowl Community Outreach, which also includes fundraising and community events, academic programs and scholarships, and legacy gifts. For more than 80 years, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, promoting championship sporting events, related premier entertainment and other year-round activities to inspire youth, engage our community and enhance the South Florida economy.

For more information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by MetroPCS please visit

This weekend, the Orange Bowl YFA presented by MetroPCS will honor four teams of the National Youth Football League (NYFL). For a full schedule of Saturday’s activities, please see below:

Arrival  Park  Team  League
8:45 a.m. Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park Western Tigers National Youth Football League
10:15 a.m. 6210 SW 33rd Street, Miramar East Miramar Dolphins National Youth Football League
11:45 a.m.  Partners Park Helping Hands Bulls National Youth Football League
2:00 p.m.  West Little Park Northside Panthers National  Youth Football League



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