Photo: Robbins Eagles Football Team, Coach Justin Harris (with Trophy) and Assistant Coaches (Photo Provided).
In a historic moment that resonates beyond the field, the Robbins Eagles 13U Team has shattered barriers and secured their place in the American Youth Football League (AYF) National Championship for the first time in the program’s four-decade history.
Led by Head Coach Justin Harris, this remarkable achievement symbolizes a journey of perseverance, resilience, and unwavering determination. At the onset of the season, the coaching staff faced the daunting task of sourcing adequate equipment for the team, highlighting the daily stark realities these young athlete encounter.
However, fueled by these eighth-grade students’ unyielding spirit and dedication, the coaches instilled in the unique group of players a vision that no obstacle can stop them while creating a nurturing leadership at its core.
The Dixmoor Vikings 11U and 10U Pop Warner teams are gearing up for an exhilarating opportunity as they head to the prestigious Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, FL.
Coach Dwayne Tyson and the Dixmoor Vikings Football team (Photo Provided).
This remarkable achievement comes on the heels of the team’s incredible performance, having clinched the National Runner-Up position after narrowly missing out on Nationals last year. Under the visionary leadership of President and Founder Dwayne Tyson, the Vikings have transcended traditional coaching paradigms. Coach Tyson’s commitment extends far beyond the field, fostering profound relationships with each player.
“This is not just a team; this is a community of people that care for each other and love to see our kids win scholastically, physically, and emotionally,” Coach Tyson affirmed.
Robbins Eagles Coach Justin Harris says, “This group of children is truly unique. Despite three years of setbacks, failing to advance to regionals, they held onto a spirit of redemption, and a desire to triumph. Their resilience, especially considering the challenges stemming from our low-income community and the lack of resources both on and off the field, is nothing short of inspiring.”
The community of Robbins has rallied behind the Eagles, swelling with pride at their monumental achievements. Mayor Darren Bryant expressed his sentiments, saying, “I am tremendously proud of the Robbins Eagles team. Their determination and success are a testament to the resilience of our community.”
To ensure the team’s participation in the championship event slated for Dec. 2nd in Naples, FL, the Eagles are seeking public support and donations. With a budget of $30,000 required to cover flights, lodging, and meals for the 25 students and four coaches, every contribution becomes a pivotal step toward turning this dream into reality. As the team gears up for this historic journey, they invite supporters, sponsors, and the community at large to join hands in backing these aspiring athletes.
Donations will enable their participation and serve as a beacon of hope, illustrating the power of collective support in shaping the dreams of these young athletes.
For donation information for the Robbins Eagles and further inquiries, please contact head coach Justin Harris at 708-663-8915.
This year holds additional significance as the Robbins Eagles program celebrates its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of nurturing talent and fostering character within the community. Notably, Chicago native Dwyane Wade, a revered basketball icon, is a testament to the program’s legacy as a former member of the Robbins Eagles.
To support Dixmoor’s incredible journey, the Vikings seek the public’s assistance. The team needs $40,000 to facilitate the travel of 50 kids and eight coaches to Orlando, covering expenses for airfare, accommodations, meals, and exciting excursions like visiting SeaWorld and Speed Racetracks, which will be a first-time experience traveling outside of Illinois for many players.