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    Vol. 1 Issue 7October 2012

  • 1U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l

    Reading is the key that unlocks the door to

    opportunity

    Literacy is learned.

    Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade

    will end up in jail or on welfare.

    85% of all juveniles who are introduced to the juvenile court system are

    functionally illiterate.

    One in four children grows up unable to read in the lowest two literacy levels.

    sideline snapshots

    Making of the tRuth fundRaising foR pta tRuth spoRts

    pReventing shouldeR injuRies

    the Mental gaMe

    pReventing bullying

    how to talk to a coach: a guide foR MoMs

    aMeRican youth football league

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    a guide to child developMent thRough spoRtseven at a young age, children are overwhelmed by many mental and physical problems that they shouldnt experience. having health, confidence, self-esteem and social issues can be detrimental to a childs development in life.

    DEPARTMENTS

    Trust in God; Respect myself and others; Understand I have unlimited possibilities; Try my best and never give up; Honor myself and the Truth Creed at all times.p. 10

    Doc Lawson Helping the children of Liberia by building a national youth sports infrastructure.

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  • 2 U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l 3U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l

    W E L C O M E

    Youth Football I UNDER RATED 3

    WE ARE ThE MEDIA SoURcE foR fREShMAN hIgh School, MIDDlE School AND SElEcT SPoRTS. 2012 IS AlMoST ovER bUT ThE gAMES ARE STIll goINg oN AND WE WANT To ENSURE ThAT yoUR TEAM IS oN ThE RADAR bEfoRE ThE END of 2012. ThE 2013 SEASoN WIll hAvE loTS of chAllENgES foR yoU AND UNDER RATED WIll hAvE MANy oPPoRTUNITIES foR yoU To ExPloRE INDIvIDUAl coMPETITIoNS, ToURNAMENTS, coMMUNITy chAllENgES, AND hoNoR Roll AWARDS.

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  • 6 U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l 7U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l

    6 UNDER RATED I Youth Football Youth Football I UNDER RATED 7

  • 8 U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l

    Under Rated wants to see your photos! Whether you are a proud parent, sibling, an aspiring photographer, or all of the above, wed love to see what you have captured on the sidelines. Please send your work to photos@underrated.Com with a brief discription of the photo and you might be featured in the next Under Rated issue!

  • 10 U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l 11U N D E R R A T E D I Y o u t h F o o t b a l l

    F E a t u r E

    n April of 2008, Coach Ray Elder met

    Deion Sanders at local radio station

    97.9. Through conversation about

    their own children, both men got into

    the topic of youth sports and decided

    to merge their select football teams.

    Coach Elder and Sanders wanted a

    higher level of competition for kids who

    didnt have exposure.

    Shiloh [Sanders] was scoring 30 TDs a season in

    leagues that had kids that were playing football for

    the first time. Coach Ray Elder.

    The inaugural football team was created in June. The

    team drove from downtown Dallas to Frisco twice a

    week for practice to help accommodate every players

    living location in the DFW. Although the inaugural

    team might have had a little jet lag, they managed to

    go undefeated.

    As the football program was becoming successful,

    this sparked ideas to create more sports for the

    other children in the growing T.R.U.T.H family. There

    are about 600 kids in 6 programs. Track has 70-80

    athletes. It was primarily started to include girls in

    the program because the organization wanted more

    diversity. It also included field events for the kids who

    wanted to showcase their abilities. Baseball is run by Coach Rick Funches. They had one team of 11 year

    olds who competed in every competition they could.

    The team went to the World Series and finished 4th

    out of about 72 teams.

    it really changed the perception of the stereotype

    that African American players cant/ dont play

    baseball. We had a lot of diversity on the team.

    Coach Ray

    Basketball started in 2011, run by Coach Steve Smith. They participate in leagues in both Lancaster

    and Oak Cliff. 8-12 year olds. In essence it is an

    Making of the TRUTH

    AAU team for the TRUTH. The girls

    team, coached by Hall-of-Famer

    Nancy Lieberman, made it to the playoffs in their league.

    Cheerleading, started in 2010, is run by Kim Mathis. There are

    roughly 30-35 girls in the program

    ranging from ages 8-14. Their first

    competition is expected to be in

    November/ December. Soccer is run by Kevin Mathis. The inaugural 8 year old team

    is competing to have fun. The

    way we trick the kids is to make

    them compete for who was having

    the most fun, not who is the best

    player. All the kids know right now,

    is that they are playing a sport that

    they love. They dont realize that

    this sport teaches a multitude of

    life skills: patience, respect, and

    honesty. Coach Kevin Mathis.

    T.R.U.T.H CREED Trust in God. Respect myself and others. Understand that I have unlimited possibilities. Try and do my best. Honor myself and the TRUTH creed at all times.

    TRUTH coaches try and make it

    a way of life, not just pertaining to

    sports. They challenge the parents,

    players, and staff to make them be

    better students, athletes, families,

    and citizens. An A B grade

    average is a requirement to be on

    any team in the organization.

    We want the best Student-

    Athletes, not just the best athletes.

    We make it a point of emphasis that

    grades are going to better their lives

    more than sports will. Once they

    have that mindset, then everything

    else starts to fall in place for them

    Coach Calhoun

    The core of the future is the children and we have to make sure the core doesnt fail.

    C O A C HS P E a K

    t h E y r E g O i n g t O S t a r t K E E P i n g E v E r y K i d i n S t E a d

    O F j u S t K E E P i n g t h E b E S t . t h i S M E a n S M O r E t E a M S W i L L b E M a d E .

    Remond (Ray) Elder. Grew up in Carrollton, Georgia. He played Running Back at Grambling State University from 89 94the. Part of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, he says it helped him being able to help kids. Director of Football Operations & Track Coach.

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