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 Tuesday Dec. 5, the Morris County Youth football League generously donated $22,500 to local families in need at their annual banquet, held at the Zeris Inn in Denville.
MCYFL Charities, the charity arm of the league, was born back in 2009 out of an idea hatched by a longtime Randolph coach, and the league’s Secretary, Jerry Davis. To date, the charity has helped 34 families from 14 of the 19 league member programs.
In 2017, five families who encountered a sudden and unexpected hardship received donated funds to help them cope with expenses. There were two families from Parsippany Hills, one from Randolph, one from Newton, and one from Sussex County.
The league runs fundraising events at games throughout the season, and sponsors a month long “Gold Out” for the month of September in honor of Pediatric Cancer. Some local corporate sponsors also generously help the cause, including Dicks Sporting Goods, Modells, Rutgers Football, and Jersey Mike’s Sub Shop.
The corporate sponsors helped raise funds by donating items used for a raffle, including Rutgers football tickets, gift cards, and a Flat Screen TV; as well as offering discounts at their retail stores resulting in funds donated back 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.
After a series of presentations and speeches from league representatives and donation recipients, awards were presented to league and conference champions.
Davis concluded the presentation by congratulating all the league coaches on a great season, and then stated, “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.”