Valdosta Daily Times

December 5, 2013

VLPRA football all-stars travel west for GRPA state playoffs

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The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA —  Two Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation All Star Football teams are only two wins away from being state champions. The VLPRA 7-8 year old All Stars and the 9-10 All Stars will both be playing in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Playoffs over the next two weekends.

 The 7-8 year old All Stars play Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.  They’ll take on the GRPA District 6 Winner in the semi-final game at Friendly City Park in Tifton. 

If the VLPRA All Stars win, they will go on to play in the State Championship the same day at 3 p.m.

 VLPRA’s 9-10 year old All Stars will travel to Bartow County the following weekend for their playoff games. They play at 3 p.m. on Dec 14 at Hamilton Crossing Park in Cartersville. The 9-10 year olds have a bye in the first game and will face the winner of the Bartow County/Walton County game in the semi-finals.  A VLPRA win would send them straight to the State Championship game on Dec. 15th at 2 p.m.

 “These teams are made up of talented young athletes with a lot of potential,” says VLPRA Youth Football Coordinator Michael Gurley.  “They’re eager to showcase their abilities and we are proud to have them represent VLPRA.”

 This is the first time a VLPRA All Star Football team has traveled to the GRPA State Championships.

  Questions? Please contact VLPRA's main office at 229-259-3507.

What: VLPRA All Star Teams Compete in GRPA State Playoffs

Who: VLPRA 7-8 year olds & 9-10 year olds

When: 7-8 year olds play Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.; 9-10 year olds play Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.

Where: 7-8 year olds play at Friendly City Park in Tifton; 9-10 year olds play at Hamilton Crossing Park in Cartersville.


Former Falcon’s star speaks to local coaches about football safety

A former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year will talk to coaches and parents about football safety in a free special session today at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation’s Mildred Hunter Community Center.

 Buddy Curry spent seven years with the Atlanta Falcons. Now, he uses his expertise to educate athletes, parents, and coaches as a USA Football Master Trainer.

He’ll be teaching local coaches and parents about proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness, and the new Heads Up Tackling Technique at the upcoming MHC event. 

Curry will also give information on USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program, a curriculum that teaches safer tackling and blocking techniques to prevent head injuries. 

All parents and coaches in the area are invited to come to the free session today 7-8 p.m.   

 The session is presented by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority, the Atlanta Falcons, and USA Football.


What: USA Football Heads Up Football Parent Information Session

Who: Buddy Curry, Former Falcons Player and current USA Football Master Trainer

When: Dec. 5th; 7 – 8 p.m.

Where: Mildred Hunter Community Center; 509 South Fry Street Valdosta, GA 31601