GR youth team wins second straight title

The Grand C.I.T.Y. All Stars brought home the championship belt on Jan. 1, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)—A West Michigan team that traveled to Texas to play on the national stage returned home Friday morning with a championship title.

The Grand C.I.T.Y. All Stars won the FCS Junior Super Bowl for a second consecutive year.

The team is comprised of children age 11 and under from the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand C.I.T.Y. All Stars faced more than just tough competition on the gridiron. When they arrived in Dallas, a tornado touched down.

“We were just stuck,” said the team’s defensive coordinator, Will Wise. “I mean there’s just no better feeling than going through adversity and then being able to just take care of business, the business that we went down there to do – and that’s to bring back the belt. And that’s what we did.”

The organization says its mission is to refocus at-risk youth through sports, mentoring and community outreach.

West Michigan was also well represented in the age ten and under division.

The Beach Stampede played for the national championship.

Unfortunately the group of Mona Shores, Reeths-Puffer and Beach Elementary in Fruitport fell short in their championship game.

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