Sound Mind Sound Body Youth Association kicked off its first round of Summer Showcase games this past weekend. The Eastside Raiders vs. River Rouge Jr. Panthers took over the River Rouge High School field, and the Old Town Ducks vs. Detroit Titans graced the field of East English High School. The remarkable events merged teams and communities to make a significant impact and raise funds for the youth teams.
The day was filled with excited athletes, proud coaches, and a supportive community anticipating a showcase of talent and intricate routines ahead of the new season.
Coach BJ Sims President of the Old Town Ducks(OTD), shared that “the fun-filled day” was perfect for youth sports and the many kids who had worked hard before the event. Throughout the year, the Ducks aim to impact far beyond the field. “Our first goal is to build character. If we don’t build character, then I feel like we aren’t doing enough. It’s not good enough to win a football game. Our ultimate goal is to be a winner in life and be happy with who you see in the mirror and be a productive member of society.”
Coach Sims gave a glimpse of what onlookers can expect to witness as the year progresses, “A lot of excitement and good competitive football and cheer. Our cheer is phenomenal. I am very proud of the young ladies. They work extremely hard. We have the best student-athletes in youth sports.”
Memorable experiences such as showcase games are what many volunteers and dedicated student-athletes look forward to during the start of the season.
Coach Alaina of the River Rouge Jr. Panthers 12u shared the day’s overall goal: “For all of the girls to have a good time. I have a new squad here; most of them haven’t cheered before. So, for them to have fun, feel welcomed, and prepare for the season.”
The River Rouge 12u Hip-Hop team won Nationals last year in Kissimmee, FL, and plans to head back on the road to Nationals again.
The Summer Showcase game provided an extraordinary sense of competitive matches among supportive organizations, aiming to empower inner-city youth and expose them to the absolute best from all angles.
Sound Mind Sound Body Youth League has over 1,100 volunteers who spend approximately 300 hours annually giving back to Metro Detroit youth. Sound Mind Sound Body’s after-school program is a unique curriculum that ensures students matriculate to post-secondary education by successfully prioritizing and balancing life skills, athleticism, and academics.
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