DENVILLE, NJ – Late November and the month of December are often considered the season of giving; a time to think about helping others. So it was fitting that on Dec. 5, the Morris County Youth Football League generously donated $22,500 to local families in need during an annual banquet held at the Zeris Inn in Denville.
After a series of presentations and speeches from league representatives and donation recipients, awards were presented to league and conference champions. Longtime Randolph football coach and league secretary Jerry Davis congratulated all the league coaches on a great season.
“It is nice to win all these trophies over here, but hopefully we all remember that what is most important is the words of our charity motto, 'people helping people,'” he said.
Davis founded MCYFL Charities, the nonprofit arm of the league which has helped 34 families from 14 of the 19 league-member programs since its inception in 2009.
Five families who encountered a sudden and unexpected hardship this year received donated funds to help them cope with expenses. Two families were from Parsippany Hills, and others were located in Randolph, Newton and an unnamed town in Sussex County.
The league runs fundraising events at games throughout the season and sponsors a monthlong “Gold Out” in September in honor of Pediatric Cancer. Several local corporate sponsors also help the cause, including Dicks Sporting Goods, Modells, Rutgers Football and Jersey Mike’s Sub Shop
Corporate sponsors help raise funds through the donation of raffle prizes, including Rutgers football tickets, gift cards and a flat-screen television. Discounts are offered at sponsors' retail stores, and the funds are given to the charity.
While the main operation of the charity is collecting funds to help local families from team member towns who are in need, there has been another more far-reaching benefit. By involving the players and their families in the fundraising efforts, life lessons have been learned about compassion, giving back, and helping those in need.
Over the past nine years, MCYFL Charities has donated a total of $147,500 dollars.