By: Jill Fox
Cassidy’s Cranberries, Litman’s Leftovers, Safra’s Stuffing and Golden’s Gobblers are the hilarious team names that are part of this year’s Turkey Bowl.
In a fashion that only Parkland parents can provide, good old-fashioned flag football fun is being taken to the next level.
After the success of last year’s Turkey Bowl, the completely voluntary flag football game organized by four Parkland fathers, are ready for round two.
The second take of this event has been kicked up a notch, with sponsors, jerseys, food, music, even and a masseuse, because, of course, everyone need a good massage.
The Thanksgiving event will begin at 8 a.m., with the National Anthem followed by kick-off at 9 a.m. at Pine Trails Park. Coverage of the event in the form of pre, in game and post game interviews with players will round out the spectacle.
Also at the event and known to all in the Parkland youth sports community, “Freddy the Ref” who has 20-plus years experience, will referee the championship game between the winners of the first round.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there is a philanthropic component. Organizers are asking participants to contribute cash donations and Dick’s gift cards to the SOS Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, who are in desperate need of sporting equipment. With over 30 families participating, they hope to raise several thousand dollars for the charity.
“As a member of the community my whole life and a Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate, I couldn’t be more proud of what these kids have put together for kids that are less fortunate. We work so hard to provide each and every kid a great sports experience in Parkland – it’s nice to see them helping others,” said Evan Golden who coaches the Gobblers with his sons Stone and Zane on the team.
Coach Michael Safra, whose two children Landon and Hudson are participating, encourages everyone to get involved in something they believe in and make a difference in someone’s life.
“To wake up on Thanksgiving and come out and share this event with other Parkland families is why we moved to this community.”