Pop Warner Football Rally in Northeast

John E. DeFreitas | 8/30/2012, 4:14 p.m.

One thousand local children participated in the annual Pop Warner football rally held on Friday, Aug. 24 at Rosedale Recreation Center in Northeast. The evening began as each team ran through the sports tunnel and emerged to cheers by parents and well-wishers who took photographs of the young football players. The event was sponsored by the D.C. Parks and Recreation Department.

Sections of the crowd which consisted of children and parents listened to Mayor Vincent C. Gray during the annual Pop Warner football rally on Friday Aug. 24 in Northeast. The mayor congratulated the teams that won awards last year and encouraged the children to continue to excel in sports and study hard during the upcoming football season. He also encouraged them to represent the District in the annual national championships which will be held in Florida in December.