CALDWELL, NJ – The Caldwell Junior Chiefs third- and fourth-grade football contingent, more commonly known as the program's C level, and the club's cheerleaders were honored at a rousing event held inside the Caldwell Municipal Building on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The locals won their West Essex Area Junior Football League 'Super Bowl' game by vanquishing Verona on Nov. 22.

Caldwell Boro Mayor Ann Dassing and members of the town council were on hand to welcome the team and cheerleaders to the event. The evening began with Councilman Pat Capazzoli quoting from Michael Jordan, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” He added, “That’s what this team was built on: teamwork from the players, coaches, cheerleaders and parents.”

Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin then congratulated the assembled youngsters and presented Junior Chiefs Director of Football Operations Mike Valenti and Director of Cheerleading Stephanie Sheehan with commendations for their work with the children.

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Head Coach James Haas said he was thrilled at the wonderful reception the team and cheerleaders were given, and the spirit of his community.

“The Mayor and Council presented each and every cheerleader and player with a medal which had their name on it and ‘Super Bowl Champions,’” he said. “Caldwell showed how proud it was of their team—it is great to have such support from the community.”

The Junior Chiefs team is composed of third and fourth graders, and draws players from both Caldwell and West Caldwell. They compete in the West Essex Area Junior Football League. Other towns in the league include Cedar Grove, East Hanover, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Florham Park, Livingston, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland and Verona

All photos were taken by Janet Markman.