Jr. Cyclone Football to begin a new era

Published 12:23 am Thursday, May 20, 2021

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com 
For the last 10 years, the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club under the leadership of Rik Anderson has overseen the Jr. Cyclone football and cheerleading program but beginning this year the Jr. Cyclone Football will follow the guidelines of the Watauga Jr. Athletic League as they step out under their own umbrella.

In a statement from Elizabethton head football coach Shawn Witten, Witten said, “First we thank the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys & Girls Club, Rik Anderson, all the volunteer coaches, team moms, staff members, former athletes/cheerleaders, and everyone who has helped develop our Jr. Cyclone Football and Cheerleading program the last 10-plus years to what it is today.”

In moving forward, the mission of Junior Cyclone Football will be to create a positive and competitive environment where all athletes are taught football fundamentals, proper techniques, and Cyclone DNA.

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The new program is a 501c3 non-profit program that is intended to provide for the youth of the community.

It will serve as the feeder program to Cyclone Nation.

Sign-up dates have been released as those sign-ups will be held at Citizens Bank Stadium – the Home of the Cyclones as follows:
-June 5th – 5 pm to 7 pm.
-June 12th – 10 am to 12 pm.
-June 19th – 10 am to 12 pm.
-June 26th – 10 am to 12 pm.

Age groups for Jr. Cyclone football are:
Flag Football – 5/6 years old.
Mighty Mights – 5/6 years old.
Grasscutters – 7/8 years old.
Jr. Pee Wee – 9/10 years old.

The cost to sign up is $60 with family discounts available and payments will be cash or credit card only.

All athletes will be required to have a 2021 updated and complete physical. Helmet and pads will be provided to each player.

For more information, please call 423-707-5419 or 423-213-3139.