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Canfield Little Cardinals to host town hall meeting

March 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Canfield Little Cardinals organization is planning a town hall type meeting for parents and community members to come and learn more about who they are and what they do. The meeting will include a question and answer session and is set to take place on April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Canfield Village Middle School.

"We want to talk about the future of the Little Cardinals," said CLC President Jim Litwin. "We want to communicate to the community that we are prioritizing the athletes needs first, focused on athletic conditioning, skills, ability, and accountability. We are also looking to build good relationships with the families that will last throughout their young athlete's time in the CLC. We will be encouraging parents to ask any questions that they may have about being involved in our organization."

The Canfield Little Cardinals was incorporated in April of 1974. The organization takes part in organized football for youth up to age 12. For many it is a first-time experience into organized football and can serve as the training grounds for football basics.

"Coach Mike Pavlansky estimates about 60 percent of his active players came up through the CLC," Litwin said.

The CLC fields three teams separated by age and weight. The youngest team is the Squiggs for 8-year-olds and under, weighing no more than 105 pounds. The next team is the PeeWees for 10-year-olds and under weighing up to 135 pounds. The oldest team is the Midgets for 12 and under, who weigh a maximum of 165 pounds. All ages are based on the child's age as of May 1.

The average number per team is roughly 18 to 25 boys and they are complimented with a cheerleading squad of between 20-35 girls. Both have been proven winners in the Steel Valley Youth Conference.

"We had two teams make it to the Super Bowl last season, the Squiggs and Midgets," Litwin said. "Two years ago, the Pee Wee squad represented us in Sandusky in a state tournament and took third place. The Pee Wee cheer squad has taken home first place in cheer competition three years in a row and the Midgets have taken first a remarkable eight years in a row."

The CLC is a non-profit organization that is funded through registration fees, donations, and a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. Registration for the 2019 season will open on April 1 and will close on July 22.

Litwin said for any youngster wanting to play football, the CLC is a great place to start.

"We take children from having no knowledge of the sport to understanding complex offensive and defensive football safety and strategy," Litwin said. "The cheerleaders start off with basic tumbling and graduate the CLC with the ability to execute complex choreographed performances that have won competitions for the past eight years. You can truly tell which children have participated in the Little Cardinal program versus the students that 'walks on' in the later years. It's a skill and a confidence that is very noticeable."



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