On behalf of the entire Sparta Spartans Youth Football and Cheerleading organization we stand beside and behind the family of Evan Murray, his teammates and the entire Warren Hills Community during this most difficult time and beyond. It is our sincere belief that through the lives Evan has touched, his legacy will live on; serving as a source of inspiration and strength.
Statement about Spartans Play it Safe Campaign:
The passing of Evan Murray, Senior Warren Hills Quarterback, is the ultimate reminder that any sport, at any time, can be dangerous. As leaders within each of our respective sports organizations, it is our responsibility to our players and their families to be sure that we are providing the safest possible environment, with the best possible equipment under the most qualified, vetted staff.
Back in August, during their annual Friday Night Lights for Life kick off event, the Spartans Youth Football and Cheerleading program launched it's "Spartans Play it Safe" campaign. This campaign is designed to raise funding to purchase upgraded equipment as well as raise awareness to sport-specific injuries, including but not limited to concussions. In addition, the Spartans organization is also working very hard to be sure that their coaches and advisors receive the best possible training, through partnerships with Sparta Township, USA Football, UCA and the NFL Flag Football Organizations(s).
Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading, established in 1957, is the oldest incorporated youth football program in New Jersey. From coaching to team moms and event management and our board, volunteers are the catalyst of this organization.
Not only was this program established to teach our children how to play football and cheer but, more importantly, to teach our children the correct values and ethics in developing into strong, community minded adults.