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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
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
One in four children grows up unable to read in the lowest two literacy levels.
Making of the tRuth fundRaising foR pta tRuth spoRts
pReventing shouldeR injuRies
the Mental gaMe
how to talk to a coach: a guide foR MoMs
aMeRican youth football league
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.
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.
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
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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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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
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.
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
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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