Community Announcements

Elizabeth Football and Cheer Program Seeks Community Support to Raise Funds for 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition

5d9e2916d36a1cde7c81_photo__1_.jpeg
The Football and Cheer Program Team Credits: Courtesy of The Football and Cheer Program
94f5305ca183cb2ce678_photo__2_.jpeg
The Football and Cheer Program Team Credits: Courtesy of The Football and Cheer Program Team
f577a56c131cd3bc4e2f_photo.jpeg
The Football and Cheer Program Team Credits: Courtesy of The Football and Cheer Program Team
a930a27d9af215851820_photo.jpg
The Football and Cheer Program Team Credits: Courtesy of The Football and Cheer Program Team
5d9e2916d36a1cde7c81_photo__1_.jpeg

ELIZABETH, NJ—A local, long-standing program in Elizabeth has the opportunity to compete in the 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition in Orlando and they are seeking donations from the community to make it happen.

The Football and Cheer Program is a part of PAL (Police Athletic League). Elizabeth PAL was started in 1947 by a group of caring police officers that wanted to make a difference in the city. The goal then was to "Prevent Juvenile Delinquency". Today over 65 years later they maintain the same objective and programs like the football and cheer teams support that mission according to officials.

Wanda Martinez, coach and Director of Cheer for the team says, “the program helps children and young people to develop new abilities and skills, self-esteem, confidence and a sense of purpose and identity.”

Sign Up for E-News

“The team helps the children learn how to bond on and off the field, which in turn improves stability in their lives. They can have a healthy lifestyle as they grow older, and have some fun along the way.  We need to keep these children safe in our community,” she added.

“The Elizabeth Jr. Minutemen Football and Cheer program has provided many children in our community with a recreational program. This program is to encourage children and young people to participate regularly in communicating and sports activities that they enjoy,” Martinez, said.

Over the years the team has been successful in competition. The children and coaches work and practice to the best of their abilities.  They dedicate their time practicing and playing hard. The hard work paid off and they brought home three trophies. Last year, the Elizabeth Jr. Minutemen cheerleaders Varsity and Jr. Pee-Wee teams won first place and second place in the 2016 North Jersey Competition. The Mitey-Mites team made it to 2016 Nationals Competition according to Martinez.
 

This year, the Varsity and Pee-Wee teams have placed among the top teams. They took first place for both teams during the 2017 North Jersey Competition. The Varsity Team competed at the Eastern Region Competition and took second place according to program officials.



They will be going to the National Competition with the Tiny Mites who were nominated to take part in 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition in Disney in Orlando, FL.

Their goal is to raise $30,000 for travel expenses, lodging, meals and competition fees.

According to Martinez, “studies have shown that children who participate in sports are more likely to succeed as adults and we hope to give our children this advantage in life.”

“We hope you will join us this year in reaching our goal. Martinez said. A donation can be made by sending a check or visiting their GoFundMe page at https://dm2.gofund.me/elizabeth-jr-minutemen, she added."

For more information, email wmartinez531@verizon.net, or call (201) 687-1875. 

 

TAPintoElizabeth.net is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPElizabeth and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

 

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Elizabeth

Upcoming Events

Mon, June 4, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Tue, June 5, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Wed, June 6, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Goethals Bridge to New Jersey to be Closed Friday Night through Sunday

May 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed to all traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

The Eastbound to NY will remain open. Officials said the closure is necessary to construct the entry and exit ramps for the new westbound span.

At 9 p.m. Sunday night, the westbound span is expected to open in its final configuration, three ...

The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

NFL Alumni To Host Charity Event At MetLife Stadium on June 13, 2018 From 5:30PM To 9:00PM Fun for Adults and Kids Tickets Available. Kids Under 10 Free Meet NFL Players and Play Celebrity Flag Football Field Access. Pictures. Autographs. Tours. KanJam and Cornhole Tournaments

May 27, 2018

NFL Alumni To Host Charity Event At MetLife Stadium on June 13, 2018 From 5:30PM To 9:00PM

Fun for Adults and Kids 

Tickets Available. Kids Under 10 Free

 

Meet NFL Players and Play Celebrity Flag Football

Field Access. Pictures. Autographs. Tours.

KanJam and Cornhole Tournaments

 

The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA) will host a charity event on June 13th at ...