Sound Mind Sound Body Youth Association kicked off another weekend of Summer Showcase games. The Westside Steelers and West Seven Rams took over the River Rouge High School field on Saturday, August 12. The Showcase brought together two long-standing organizations for a day of outstanding performances, friendly competitiveness, and support.
The Rams and Steelers have over 100 combined years of support and service to the community. The fundraising event allowed spectators to watch the notable teams showcase their skills and overall development throughout the years.
“My overall expectation for today is to show positivity and sportsmanship for both teams. The Rams are a family to us. We’ve been doing this for over twenty years together,” shared Coach Jack, the Steelers cheer coordinator.
The successful Showcase was met with great applause and encouragement. The professional technique and hard work was also a highlight of the showcase. Performances were grand from both teams, including the 2022 AYC National Champions in Hip-Hop and Cheer the West Seven Rams 14u.
Wyatt Jones, 11u Head Coach, stated, “Today is really about allowing the kids to play because they have been working hard. Fundraising helps when there are travel opportunities, so when the end of the year teams make it nationally, this helps.”
As for the year, Coach Wyatt has high hopes for the Rams athletes. “Being a part of the organization teaches what it means to be a young man with good character and playing through adversity, understanding the importance of teamwork. Winning is just a byproduct of doing all of those other things.”
Significant events such as the Summer Showcase allow two large organizations with a rich history to show the community how much stronger we are together. Student-athletes learn a level of friendly competitiveness that drives individuals to end goals of working at their best with a sense of humility and good sportsmanship.
About Sound Mind Sound Body Youth Association:
Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) services over 5,000 students and has over 1,100 volunteers who spend approximately 300 hours annually giving back to Metro Detroit youth. The after-school college readiness program empowers athletes to achieve excellence on and off the field while fostering character, leadership, and overall well-being.
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