Two days before the township’s football players open their season, more than 100 young athletes will be donning brand new uniforms in their new league.
On Thursday night, Cinnaminson football players were presented with brand new jerseys—complete with their last name on the back—and sweatshirts, also with their names.
“We were able to raise over $3,000 in town through local businesses,” said Ken Miller, football board member.
Two football coaches—Ryan Horner and Mike Toryk—did the fundraising all on their own, Miller said, with some help from other coaches and parents.
“Honestly, I was very humbled by the fact that these guys went out and did this,” Miller added. “They weren’t asked to do it.”
Cinnaminson football opens this season in the South Jersey Independent Youth Football Association league, a move they made earlier this year after spending time with Pop Warner.
Other local teams also made the change and one of the biggest changes is a longer season.
“It’s going very well,” Miller said. “It’s a very well-run, organized league.“
Some Cinnaminson cheerleaders—mostly the younger athletes—made the switch to the new league and some stayed with Pop Warner for competition events.
In a special ceremony during football practice Thursday night, the kids got their new jerseys and all five teams will start this Saturday at home, beginning at 11 a.m. Jersey Mike’s donated sandwiches for the event.
“We never had names on the backs of their jerseys,” Miller said. “It’s definitely a cool thing for the kids.”
Local businesses that donated include: Jim Bernard’s Auto Services Center in Beverly; Milanese Pizza in Riverton, Lenny’s Towing & Truck Service in Delran; Hunter’s Farm & Market in Cinnaminson; Ameriprise Financial in Moorestown; Outlaw Fitness in Riverton; Cinnaminson Police Association; and P.J. Whelihan’s in Maple Shade.
The sponsors appear on the back of the football players’ sweatshirts.
“We are ready to go,” Miller said. “This new league is a good thing, the kids are excited, the coaches are excited. There’s a new energy in Cinnaminson football right now.”
Cinnaminson football is also still looking for more golfers for its golf tournament at noon on Sept. 24. Contact Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.