The Golden Bear Chargers are inviting residents to come and have Bagels with the Board on Sunday, March 13 at the Community Arts Center in East Brunswick from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

All of the board members including GBC President Mariestelle Magliano, GBC Football Commissioner Jim Curnal and GBC Cheer Commissioner April Handwerk, will be on hand to meet with current as well as perspective parents that may be interested in signing their children up for either the Pop Warner program’s football or cheerleading programs.

This is the first year the non-profit organization will be holding a meet and greet. Magliano explained during a recent interview that the idea came out of the fact that this season the GBC’s board is filled with many new faces and such an event would allow parents to become familiar with the current board as well as ask questions face to face.

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The Golden Bear Chargers are a member of the Central Jersey Pop Warner Conference and the popular program provides football and cheerleading teams for children ages five through 15 in East Brunswick, Spotswood, Helmetta and Milltown. In 1998, the East Brunswick Golden Bears joined forces with the Spotswood Chargers and the GBC was born.

Players and cheerleaders will participate in eight games a season, playing four home and four away games. Home games at played at the Spotswood High School Stadium on 105 Summerhill Road. The program offers the following levels:

  • Tiny Mites
  • Mighty Mites
  • Junior Pee Wee
  • Pee Wee
  • Junior Midget
  • Midget

A player’s level is mostly determined by age. However, weight is also a determining factor as is prior experience with the sport.

Handwerk stressed that there aren’t any try-outs for players or cheerleaders and that “everyone plays.” Cheerleaders are placed on teams by age as well though the cheer commissioner explained that “they like to keep teams together” as they progress through the different age levels. In addition to cheering on the sidelines each week, the cheerleaders also get to participate in various competitions throughout the year.

As the football commissioner, Curnal is responsible for organizing off-season mini camps for the players as well as forming teams, assigning coaches and setting up practices. Both the players and cheerleaders get to enjoy events off the field too with pep rallies, BBQs and other family-oriented events scheduled during the season and in the off-season too.

As executive board members, Magliano, Curnal and Handwerk have a full plate, but are committed to the program, having been happily involved in it for years.

For more information on the Golden Bear Chargers, visit their website. Registration is not required for Sunday’s Bagels with the Board. Bagels and refreshments will be served.

The Community Arts Center is located on 721 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.