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The Lorain Pioneers tackle football program to host kickoff/tailgate party

By Ingrid Marie Rivera, La Prensa Correspondent

A Lorain youth tackle football and cheerleading program, the Lorain Pioneers, are hosting a kickoff/tailgate party Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Oakwood Park (Near East 31st Street and Clinton Avenue, Lorain), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The tailgate party is free, open to the public, and will serve as another fundraising effort for the program.

Here’s your chance to get introduced to the teams, if you are not familiar with this program.

“We want the community to come out and watch the games and support their own football team,” said Daynamar Santiago of the Lorain Pioneers. “It’s going to be exciting,” she said.

Expect inflatables, pie throwing contests (at $1 fee) and other games for children, as well as plenty of food. Children will get to throw pies at their coaches, said Daynamar Santiago, laughing. DJ Chilly will emcee.

Plus, Lorain’s own professional boxer Wilkins Santiago will make an appearance in addition to other speakers.

“I know my brother is going to come out and talk being that he’s a professional boxer,” Daynamar Santiago said “So he’s going to come out and encourage the kids, that they will continue to dream.”

The Pioneers, based in Lorain, Ohio and founded in 2009, are both members of the Little Buckeye Conference League of Elyria and an Independent program because they are not affiliated with any other Lorain League or program.

With its young male and female athletes ranging in age from 5 to 11 years old, the Lorain Pioneers has a co-ed Varsity Team, a Junior Varsity Team, and a Pee Wee Team. Plus, they have a Cheerleading Squad. Currently one girl plays in the co-ed football program.

August 25 is their scrimmage game, and the season starts Oct. 1, 2012, said Daynamar Santiago.

The Pioneers' Public Relations Officer Juan Silva said the Pioneers will also offer a flag football team, starting up in the spring of 2013.

A 10x8 shed will be raffled at the tailgate, and raffle tickets are $6 a ticket or two tickets for $10. The event will also feature gift basket raffles.

The winner will be announced at 4 p.m., the day of the tailgate.

For more information, see the Lorain Pioneers website: http://www.lorainpioneers.com

Expect a feature story on the Lorain Pioneers in a future edition of La Prensa.

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Revised: 07/31/12 18:23:10 -0700.





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