Kids Playing And Cheering Their Way To Success
Chandler Youth Football Pop Warner (CYFPW) is homegrown with roots based in family, academics and competition. Celebrating 40 years in the community, the program is the largest and longest running Chandler-based youth football and cheer organization. Kids involved have learned that it’s more than just a game. It’s a way of life and a path to a successful future.
“Kids walk away with a new sense of discipline and the values of working with a team instead of an individual. Being on a team is something that is very important and I think the kids see that,” says Derrick Stinson the deputy commissioner for CYFPW and volunteer head coach of the Rattlers Unlimited. “Regardless if they win or lose, they keep their friendships.”
Stinson is responsible for organizing all the players into teams. There are about 350 kids in the program that make up 13 teams. The kids range between the ages of 5 to 15. He stresses that it’s about family first then coaches, meaning it’s more important that the team works well for the families than it does for the coaches.
He also schedules games and partners with Chandler Unified School District so the kids can play on the various high school football fields. He commends the partnership they have with both the City of Chandler and school district and appreciates their generosity.
Stinson began volunteering in 2007 when his eldest son started playing football. Then his second child joined the program and that sealed the deal. Stinson had played football and thought it was good to get involved and give back to the community, while doing something he enjoyed.
“It’s really nice to see them go from second grade to high school and then to college. It’s nice to know you had an impact on them,” says Stinson. “More than the sport or competition, it’s about the comradery. We had a kid move to New Jersey and he still calls to say hi.”
Primo Castro is the marketing, website and sponsorship director for CYFPW. He, too, is a volunteer who enjoys helping to make the program the best it can be for the kids. His father was a coach and Castro started coaching with him in 1993. He has coached in Hawaii, Texas and Arizona for 16 seasons and has been involved with CYFPW since 2013.
He doesn’t currently have kids in the program, but his daughter was in the Pop Warner Spirit Program (cheer) and his son is now playing flag football with another league since Pop Warner is no longer offering it this season. Yet, he believes strongly in the program and continues to donate his time.
“Community support is at the core of our program’s success,” says Castro. “First, our volunteers are largely from the Chandler community, so it’s critical that we attract the best coaches and the most committed volunteers from Chandler each year. Second, we need local Chandler businesses to support our program through sponsorships (tax-deductible donations) so that we can continue to offer the best football and cheer experience to the hundreds of Chandler youths that participate in our program each year.”
Castro is proud to provide public recognition for the local businesses that support them, depending on their sponsorship level.
“Overall, we are amazed by the support we receive from the Chandler community, our volunteers, local business sponsors and our families,” says Castro.
Planning is underway for their 40th anniversary celebration, but their lips are still sealed.
“With our recent move to Arizona Pop Warner, we are more excited than ever before about youth football and cheerleading in the Chandler community,” says Castro.
They are committed to delivering high quality football and cheer instruction, while providing fun learning experiences that teach life skills and encourage academic excellence.Chandler Youth Football Pop Warner (CYFPW) is homegrown with roots based in family, academics and competition. Celebrating 40 years in the community, the program is the largest and longest running Chandler-based youth football and cheer organization. Kids involved have learned that it’s more than just a game. It’s a way of life and a path to a successful future.
“Our goal is to build champions in scholastics, in competition and in life,” says Castro.
Learn more about football and cheer opportunities or find out how to support CYFPW at ChandlerYouthFootball.com.