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A New Look for Cinnaminson Football Players

The players will sport personalized jerseys in their new league this year.

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 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 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; in Riverton, & Truck Service in Delran; in Cinnaminson; Ameriprise Financial in Moorestown; Outlaw Fitness in Riverton; 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 kmiller@hyperionbank.com for information.

agent itchy September 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM
this is a nice story. please don't misunderstand my position, but it appears some time, effort and scarse resources went into new uniforms including player's names. it would certainly be more sensible to leave off names and reuse uniforms until they're no longer wearable. i played pop warner, and we used hand-me-down jerseys. not a single kid ever complained, we were thrilled just to make the team and knock heads in practice. i fear the focus is now on the ego where each kid expects a shiny new jersey with his name on it each year moving forward. this is not cost effective for a struggling program. by the way, you know who doesn't wear names on the backs of jersey's NEW YORK YANKEES. if no name is good enough for A-Rod and Co than it should be good enough for your 12 year old.
Brian Downs September 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Brian Downs My son doesn't play but what is wrong with the names? I mean they will probably funds raise each year or the new look will just be included in the cost each year and the kids would probably rather have that jersey than a $ 30-35 NIKE one. At least this way it's personalized. Don't use the Yankee's as an example, the players have every other accomodation that most baseball teams don't . And their shirts are about a tradition, oh and ARod, what's he take home per game?
Jason Furrer September 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Chilly, where did it say that Cinnaminson has a struggling program? Also, this story was about our football teams getting their names on the back of their jerseys, not baseball. The Yankees play baseball. You see, that's a totally different sport all together. Steroids were good enough for A-Rod too. I assume you supply your 12 year old with HGH?
Pirate Pride September 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
“Play for the name of the front of the jersey not the name on the back” is something I also taught my players. With that being said, I don’t think this is a bad idea as long as the parents don’t have to bear an additional expense and the kids remember this important lesson. Other travel teams like baseball, softball, and soccer do this so what’s the big deal.
Ryan Horner September 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Chilly, This isnt about the Yankess and their private jets and million dollar contracts. Its not about 10 year old hand me down jerseys either. Its about a program rewarding hard work and dedication. Its about a group of people like Ken Miller and other coaches who dont have kids in the program but just want to give back. Its about an email I read this morning where a family talks about how it was like Christmas last night all because of a jersey. Its about doing more, changing a mindset, being proactive and making a difference. I have a 7 year old son who plays football, there is no ego, just pride in being part of a team. If just one of his friends decides to play football because of a "cool" jersey then it was all worth it
Christine T September 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I am proud to say I have been involved with this program for 15 years. This football program has very dedicated coaches and board members most of which do not currently have boys in the program and a couple never had children in the program. Mark Rapp, Ken Miller, Steve Daiutolo, Joe Curry, Mike Toryk, Bob Morton, Mike Haines are all coaches who have been with the program for years. We now have many more recent coaches who are stepping up to the plate and doing a great job with the boys and continuing the program. I am very happy to see the boys excited. This promotes "team" As an old Pop Warner Cinnaminson Coach used to say, "You have to have Heart and Soul" and these boys have that. Good Luck this season!
Bill Prendergast September 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I think my youngest son got the 1st or 2nd jersey last night (He's a 65 LBer) and it is a really good looking jersey. All the kids loved them, they get to keep to them, which has never happened in regards to football (ethically anyway lol) so all the kids are really pumped up, and all 3 of my kids in the program are wearing them to school today and very proud to be Pirates. I just had the discussion with them last night about playing for the name on the front not the back!! They've had their names on the back of baseball jerseys for year, it's not really that big of a deal. PS. Please don't ever compare our kids to the Yankees lol Unless they get caught buying roids off of their "cousin".
Melissa Morin September 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
my son plays on this league and i think it was a very nice thing for the coaches to get the names on the new jerseys. My son was so excited when he got it lastnight. Thank you so much to everyone involved in making this happen. it meant alot to not only our kids but us as parents as well.
Rose Marie Tartaglia September 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
From a Mom Mom, How wonderful it is to have such caring parents and coaches who would take the initiative to have fund raisers to benefit the kids. I bet each and every child feels so special today having and wearing their own personalized football jersey. Thank you all for your coaching, mentoring, and really caring about these kids, and, most of all, with all the competition they face, you have been able to give them a great deal of self confidence in themselves....In addition to doing that, you also put Big Smiles and Pride on their faces..... Kudos to all involved!! So proud of all of you!!
Frank the Tank September 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Chilly. This isn't the 80's or 90's anymore. I work for numerous football organizations in the Delaware Valley. The norm is custom jerseys every year with names on the back. The days of buying a jersey and having it last for years is in the past along with Magic Johnson's playing shorts. Most leagues cost $225 plus to play, which includes there uniform every year. Considering Cinnaminson Football's need for a face lift and change in culture, it just started with these uniforms, plain and simple. As far as the Yankees go, you do realize they are the only team NOT to have there names on the back. Since they don't, does that make them World Series winners every year? Heck, even Penn State changed the culture. Live in the now.......
Bridget September 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
This is a wonderful thing for the boys. Football is a hard sport that takes lots of dedication. The practices are many and long and lets face football in August in pads is hot really hot . Football is something they have to truly love to stick with. I am happy they can be proud of their accomplishments with a nice new jersey with their names on the back. My son was BEAMING all morning and so excited to be part of this. Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen.
Colleen Nelson September 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Wow, my son doesn't even play football but I am so proud of and happy for the parents and businesses that made this happen for the boys. When people take alot of time and invest alot of effort (and money) in doing something special for our kids, only positive things can come of it. Instead of sitting around complaining and boo-hooing that there's not alot of money available for "extras" in youth sports, here we have people who rose to the challenge and went the extra mile to make it happen. I will definitely be supporting the businesses that helped these coaches and parents do something special for the kids and the program. Congrats and best of luck to all of the Cinnaminson Pirates...wear your new jerseys with pride!
Jeremy Peacock September 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The new jerseys look great and the boy's were very happy to receive them last night. They could not put them on fast enough. My son could not stop talking about it. Was the first thing he mentioned this morning. I wanted to address some of the above comments, the coaches all stress the importance of representing the name on the front of the jersey. What we need to remember is that it is about the kids and making sure that they are having fun while not only learning the game but also what it is to be a team and support one another as a team and a community. I smile everytime I see one of our boys go over to help a teammate off the ground, many without a suggestion from their coaches. As mentioned above, there are towns in this same league that registration is over $200 per player with a higher participation rate then Cinnaminson. If providing a new jersey with a name on the back makes the kids happy & possibly brings in more kids the following year, I am absolutely for it. In regards to the time, effort and scarse resources, let's remember that, as the article stated, Ryan Horner & Mike Toryk donated THEIR time, efforts and resources specifically to provide new jerseys to all of the boys that are participating. For their efforts and all those involvled with the football program I thank you. Let's go out and have a fun successful season.
Mark September 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
LOVE IT!!!! GO PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Parents—upload a picture of your son in his football jersey like the one above to the gallery. Just click on "Upload photos" and add a caption with his name!
Fran Zarnawski September 14, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Love the jerseys. Hell of a job Mike and Ryan on the sponsors. I was fortunate enough to be there when Mike handed them out, and to see the kids faces when they handed them out. Once again these jerseys came from private donations from local businesses that knew exactly what they were donating to. Ken and the rest of the board didn't raise registration costs to pay for them, not one red cent. In seeing how well it went this year, there is no reason to think it can't continue for years to come.. I for one am proud to be part of this organization and thank Mike Toryk for asking me to assist. I have two of my boys on the program, and they LOVE their jerseys. Once again, great job by Ryan and Mike there should be more guys involved in youth sports like these guys. AND GIVE OUR SPONSORS OUR BUSINESS!!!!! THEY DESERVE IT. Fran Zarnawski.
Monica Horner September 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Great job Ryan and Mike and everyone involved! You dedicated a lot of time in making this happen for our boys. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous donations. Our children work so hard, spending so many weeknights practicing and working together as a team, they deserve these special new jerseys. They are not only learning the sport, they are learning valuable life lessons, one being the importance of teamwork. Having their names on the back are an added bonus to the jersey and in no way takes away from the fact that they are a team. And thank you to all the fathers and the coaches who don't even have kids on the team who are true role models for the boys and other adults. Hopefully more people and parents learn from your example of leadership and dedication to children. Go Pirates! Can't wait for game day!!
Bill Prendergast September 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
aye aye cap'n
Carol Toth September 15, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I love the jerseys! I think it was a GREAT thing for our boys! These kids put so much hard work and dedication into this sport they deserve a Jersey with their name on it! They are proud to be football players and to see how happy these jerseys made them makes us parents even happier! Thank you to everyone involved! I think our boys are ready for some football! Go Pirates!!
Carol Toth September 15, 2012 at 04:02 AM
@ Chilly...I sure hope you don't find this to be wrong but I have to respond to ur comment. These boys never complained about their jerseys either. All they want to do is play football..they don't care if their jersey was older than them! This was something that everyone felt was well deserved. And you say that ur afraid this is focusing on their ego...I have watched these boys work together, grow together, support eachother and be proud to be a part of their team so if that's focusing on their ego I'm a huge supporter! Thank you again to all those involved who made our boys Proud to be a Football Player! They are all going to look sharp in their new jerseys!
Ken Miller September 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Wow, very excited and happy to see all opf the positive feedback on the jerseys!! We have some great peopel in this program that went above and beyond to get this done!! It was great to see all the commetns and reactions from people of how exciited thier kids were to wear the new jerseys, kinda made me feel like a kid again!! go Pirates!!
Amy September 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
My son was ecstatic to get his jersey! A huge thanks to all involved who through all their hard work and generosity put huge smiles on the boys' faces! Go Pirates!!
Bill O'Connor September 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Great looking jerseys for the teams. Mike and Ryan nice job in helping the program move forward. Mark, Ken, Steve and the rest of the Cinnaminson football board, these two guys do a great job in the baseball program. I'm sure they will do the same for the football program.

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