News  →  View Story

Football Teams Show What Sportsmanship is About

Football Teams Show What Sportsmanship is About

Keith Johnson is a coach of the Stormin' Wolves. His teamed invited an Inner City Youth Football team to travel to San Diego County and play a game of football. This is his letter to the other team's coach.


First and Foremost let me start by thanking you and your team for traveling to Escondido, CA to play the Stormin’ Wolves in a post season “Bowl Game”. The distance traveled and the willingness to do so show a tremendous amount of character and dedication to the betterment of your team. The Stromin’ Wolves appreciated the effort and also benefited from the experience.

As you are well aware, Coach, this was a very hard fought, hard-hitting, physical game that stayed very close until the 4th quarter. Often times while coaching youth football over the past 7 years I find that in these types of aggressive games the coaches and eventually the players as a result tend to forget about sportsmanship!  I am proud to say that neither team failed in that regard this past weekend. I am proud to say that I was a part of such an amazing game that was hard-hitting and extremely aggressive, yet maintained the goal we all strive or should strive for as Coaches and that is that we were able to teach the love of the game through sportsmanship and integrity! 

Coach please relay to your players that I am proud of their performance, they carried themselves very well and played very hard, I thought they were polite, well disciplined and above all young gentlemen! That is a reflection upon you, your staff and their parents. To the So Cal Falcons Players, “You by far were the best example of what an opponent should look like that we faced all year.” Regardless of the score board Falcons, you young men played like champions!

Coach one last comment, at the end of the game when I asked to have all the boys kneel in the center of the field instead of the traditional gentlemen’s line and we did so….I have to share with you that, that moment will never be lost on me and will remain with me forever as a Coach!

When after you and I said what we said to each other’s teams, the boys were asked to shake hands as we departed and instead they all stood and un-prompted forgot the handshakes and  hugged each other and exchanged gratitude for the game and the experience!  That moment re-affirmed my love for coaching and I hope it did the same for you. Several of the Stormin’ Wolves parents mentioned that moment to me since the game and simply stated “that is what this is about.”

Coach I look forward to the next one and hope you will accept my open invitation to play the Stormin’ Wolves for the next few years to come!?  Enclosed with this letter is a small token of appreciation to your team from ours. 

Keith Johnson
Falcons Youth & Family Services
Southern California Falcons



«February 2018»

What Is Pickleball?

Registration for the inaugural AAU National Indoor Pickleball Championships opened today, so we’re taking the opportunity to provide the scoop on all things pickleball.
Read more

AAU Pickleball Serves First-Ever Event in Florida

The AAU Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament made history this weekend as the first-ever pickleball event hosted for AAU members. (What the heck is pickleball?!) More than 180 athletes from 11 states and Canada – ranging from age 19 to 75 – competed on Florida’s west coast as part of the Florida Pickleball League.

Read more

Best Bats to Use at AAU Baseball Nationals in 2018

Are you in the market for a one-piece or two-piece bat for your upcoming AAU season? Would you rather have an end-loaded or balanced weight distribution? Composite or alloy barrel? That can be a lot to take in. Thankfully, though, our friends at Eastbay are here to help with the best BBCOR baseball bats of 2018.
Read more

Ask an Expert: AAU Alum Lauryn Williams (Part 2)

Once every two years, the greatest athletes from around the world represent their countries with pride and compete to etch their names in the history books. This massive event is truly a spectacle, and there may be no one better equipped to break down what it takes and what the stage feels like more than AAU alum Lauryn Williams. 
Read more

Remember When... Dwyane Wade Visited ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Back in 2010, before Wade and his buddy LeBron James joined forces in South Beach for the Heat, Wade joined Mickey Mouse and played a special 3-on-3 basketball game with athletes in town for the 16U AAU Girls Basketball National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Read more

18 AAU Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2018

Summertime is right around the corner and, with that, comes the bulk of AAU national championship season. The AAU is constantly adding new events and new competition opportunities for youth athletes and, in recent years, a larger focus has been placed on developing the whole event – not just organizing a tournament. Complete with social responsibility initiatives and unique family vacation opportunities, take a look at the 18 AAU events you are not going to want to miss in 2018.

Read more

Workout of the Month: Kneeling Exercises

Walk into a gym and you’ll notice a lot of the same thing: athletes standing, sitting, or lying on their backs while they are getting their bodies ready for 2018 AAU competition. Even though these get the job done, there is another position that can help strengthen your body and balance, giving you an edge on your competition: Kneeling.

Read more


Upcoming events Events RSSiCalendar export