Youth football League will continue this season

Published 2:50 pm Thursday, November 8, 2018

The city of Selma Youth Football League playoffs has been reinstated, according to Interim Parks and Recreation Director Terry Jackson.

The Michael Johnson 93/90 Foundation and Old Bob’s Grocery have teamed up to cover the cost associated with the reinstating the playoffs, which start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. The championships will be held on Nov. 17.

The move was needed because 11 members of the Parks and Rec department were among the 69 city employees who were laid off on Monday.

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Jackson said Chico Cleveland, one of the youth league coaches, was instrumental in getting the youth league to continue. Sean Van Diver of the Personnel Department approved the move.

“I feel good about it,” Jackson said. “I wanted the kids to finish the season, they all deserved a chance to play for the championship. I’m happy they’re getting that chance.”

Curtis Wimberly, one of the laid-off Parks and rec employees, said he’s glad the kids will have an opportunity to play for championships. Wimberly was the football director and recreation specialists for the Parks and Rec. Wimberly said it will cost over $1,500 a day to work those games, which include paying officials, gate worker, scorekeeper and clock keeper.

“It’s a great thing for the kids, but the city workers are still laid off,” Wimberly said. “You’re paying part-time workers to work the games.”

Here’s the schedule of games: 7-8-year olds: Colts vs. Bengals, 10 a.m.; Hurricanes vs. Bobcats, 11 a.m; 9-10 year-olds: Dolphins vs. Hurricanes, noon; Speed Hustle Panthers vs. Seahawks, 1 p.m.; 11-12-year-olds: Falcons vs. Big Seahawks.

Top-seeded Crimson Tide of 9-10-year-old group have a bye week and will play the Dolphins-Hurricanes winner.