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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 Football program.

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 community.

Thanks to you all for helping the YMCA build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.


Nate Bossingham
YMCA Program Director

[Posted October 02, 2008]

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