Busy summer for Steelers

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Suffolk Steelers midget football team finished last season with an 8-2 record and the Southeastern Virginia Pop Warner Conference championship. The Steelers finished with a bowl victory in Wilmington, Del., beating the Wilmington Hurricanes 7-0.

Even in the dog days of summer, the Suffolk Inner City Athletic Association and the Suffolk Steelers are geared up for another football and cheer season approaching quickly.

The Steelers are hosting events throughout July to make those seasons go well on and off the playing field. The events are highlighted by a camp for young players, whether they are Steelers or on any Pop Warner team around the region, at Nansemond River High School on Saturday, July 30.

The Steelers are holding Family and Friends Day at their fields at John F. Kennedy Middle School on Saturday, July 9.

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“It’s a chance for all the parents to come out and meet the coaches,” said Renzo Hicks, the association’s vice president.

There will be burgers, hot dogs and drinks. Some important business will be done, too.

Players will be able to get physicals for the upcoming season for $10. Sign-ups for the fall teams will run from 1-4 p.m.

The Steelers will sell chicken and fish dinners at John F. Kennedy on Saturday, July 16. Dinners will be $7 each.

The next weekend, on Sunday, July 24, the Steelers are hosting a car show as another important fundraiser. There will be prizes awarded in different categories, so anyone who’s proud of their car, from antiques and classics to new rides, is invited to enter the show.

The one-day summer camp is a tradition for the Inner City Athletic Association. Kids are broken into age groups and the focus for the day is having players go through as many different drills as possible, regardless of past playing experience or what position they play.

Newcomers to football and players who might line up versus the Steelers a few weeks later are invited to attend. The camp leads right into the start of preseason practices in early August for most Pop Warner teams in the area.

For more information about any of the events, contact Hicks at 734-4584 or the association’s president Fred Greene at 237-1494.