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T wo of the region’s beloved youth football and cheer associations, the Radnor Raiders and Conestoga Generals, have come together to form the Wayne Wildcats Youth Football and Cheer Association. Although the group has a new name and look, the Wayne Wildcats will continue the previous organizations’ membership in the Bux-Mont Youth League, which is sanctioned by the U.S. Pop Warner Little Scholars organization. “This merger allows our newly formed organiza- tion to provide the best experience and opportuni- ties for our kids,” said Jason Wilder, former president of the Conestoga Generals. “Our individual organizations both had quality players and coaches, and by bringing that talent together, in football and cheer, we can create a more dynamic environment and become much more competitive together than we would ever be apart.” By combining the two organizations, Wilder and the newly formed board of directors hope that more students in the Tredyffrin/Easttown, Radnor and surrounding school districts will be able to participate in the clinics and teams offered through the Wayne Wildcats. As part of a sanctioned Pop Warner league, the Wildcats offers young people the opportunity to participate in sports while fostering a respect for education, with the goal of developing strong, smart, responsible and healthy young adults. “Pop Warner is unique because it really focuses on the whole individual,” explains Wilder. “It’s so much more than making sure the kids are good at sports. We want them to be competitive, but we also want to ensure they are learning about sportsmanship, teamwork and scholarship.” The Wayne Wildcats builds off the strong ideals of Pop Warner’s Little Scholars through clinics and team participation in: Flag Football—an entry stage to the sport of football and an alternative to full-contact football for ages 5 - 9. Flag football teaches the basic skills and concepts of the game. The Wildcats program POP WARNER Pop Warner’s roots date back to 1929 when a factory owner in Northeast Philadelphia enlisted the aid of Joseph J. Tomlin to solve a recurring problem. The factory’s huge ground-to-floor windows were constantly being shattered, up to 100 per month, by teenagers hurling stones from a nearby vacant lot. Tomlin, an enthusiastic high school and college athlete turned stockbro- ker, had a possible answer. Since the other factories in the area were also being plagued by the young vandals, he suggested that the building owners fund an athletic program for the youth—and the Junior Football Conference was born. By 1933, the Junior Football Conference had expanded to 16 teams. That year, Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner, already a legend among ѥٔщ)̰ɥٕAѼѡQ=ݱ̸Q)]ɹȁЁݥѕȁՕЁͭѼɔЁɥ݅)ȁѡ)չȁщ ɕ)=ѡٕɥ䰀аѡѕɅɔɽѼ)չ͕ͽܰݥѠݥ́ѽɕѥɅᕐݥѠͱи)=ѡ镸ɕщ͍́ձѼЁѡ)A]ɹȁ͡ݕQ፥ѕչщ)́ЁхݕɥՕѥ́ȁݼ̸ ѡ)ѡٕձȁѡѠɽɅ݅)ɕѡA]ɹȁ ɕ)Qɕѥ́]ɹȁ݅́ݕəհɅѥ ఁѡɔ)ݕɔ܁ѕ̸QЃqtݰѡMф ́ ݰ)݅́啐Ȁܰܰ؁́͹܁ɔȰɕ饹)хѽ̸Q ́ЁѕͽɕAյḛA)ȁՈѕЁɅMɇé 危̰9܁eɬ)ѕQAѕݽѡشѡAA)]ɹȁ ɕɹɕѡѕѥѡѥȁѡЁѥ)Qéɕ䁉ɕݡA]ɹȁ1ѱM)݅́䁥Ʌѕ́ѥɽЁɝѥ丁Q)͕݅́ѕѼͥ锁ѡЁѡɽ́́хЁ́ѡ)她)]Ё͹䰁Ʌѕѡ́ͽ䰁ݼȁܰ͡+q5A]ɹȁщt%Ёɕ Ёѡͅ)ѥA]ɹȁщɝ͵̰ͥ镐ѥ́)ɽхɕ́ɽЁѼи ѡѡѡɔݕɔ)ٕȀ̰ѕ̸)%ѡ́A]ɹȁɽՍɱ̰)ɕ͔ѼɕՕ̰щɽɅ݅́ѥѕ%ѡ)Ё9ѥ ɱ ѥѥ݅́ɥ܁͡ɕ)ѡѱЁݥѠѡՅA]ɹȁMȁ ݰ啅ȁ)]Ё͹]ɱ)Q䰁ѡɔɔٕȀ́ɱ̰̀Ԁذѥѥ)A]ɹȁɽɅ́ѡUѕMхѕ̸Q́5᥍))ѡȁչɥ́ٔͼѡqA]ɹȁ今t)Qɔɔ܁ٕȀ԰щѕ̰她ЁɕЁ)ݕЁͥѥ̸) ɱɽɅ́ٔ役ѡɅѥqͥ)ՅϊtѼՑəɵɽ́Ս́ɕѕ̰Յ̰)́Յ̸)́A]ɹȁѥՕ́Ѽɽ܁ЁѥՕ́Ѽɕѥє͕́ѡ)ѠщɱɝѥѡЁɕեɕ́)ѥ́Ѽх хɑ́Ѽѥє啅ȁA)]ɹȁѥՕ́Ѽ́́ѕѥ٥ѥѥ)ݕ́٥ͥ䁅ɕѡչ丁Ёٕ䁱ٕA]ɹ)ɽɅ͕́Ѽٕݕɽչչݽݡɸ)Ёѡչх́щɱЁͼѡ)хՍѥѵɔՍٔѼٕͽչ)Ʌѕȁݡ٥ѥ) ѥՕЁ)QIeI%8MQQ=]8+)LT44H(