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To the editor:
The Lincoln Area YMCA recently wrapped up its Chad
Burnham Flag Football League for children age 4 to second grade.
This program is designed to teach the children the basic
fundamentals, rules and strategies involved in the game of football,
while stressing fun, learning, sportsmanship and teamwork. From our
program we hope participants will move on to play in the Junior
Football League, then on to high school football.
Thanks to our numerous outstanding coaches, all of the kids
picked up the basic plot of football. Many children really thrived
and are now ready to move on to the next level.
I would like to thank Chad Burnham's family and friends for
continuing to support this league in Chad's name. Chad was a great
supporter of the YMCA and of the youth sports programs that we
provide for the community. We lost Chad April 20, 2007, and ever
since, his family and friends have made donations and volunteered so
much for this program that I am unable to thank them in words.
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I also want to express my thanks to Joe Ryan at Country Financial
Services for his generous sponsorship of the Chad Burnham Flag
Football League. 2008 was Joe and Country Financial Services' first
year as a sponsor, and their assistance greatly helped the YMCA Flag
With the continued support of Chad's family and Joe, we are now
able to buy shirts, lining paint, footballs and other necessary
equipment for the program. With great supporters like these, the
Chad Burnham Flag Football League will continue to flourish, grow
and help develop more football players and enthusiasts in our
Thanks to you all for helping the YMCA build strong kids, strong
families, strong communities.
YMCA Program Director
October 02, 2008]
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